“Reading Between The Lines” is the name of a sculpture located in a field just outside the small town of Borgloon in the Belgian province of Limburg. The satnav brought us to a small residential street where we saw a sign pointing along a path leading up the hill to the “Doorkijkkerkje” (literally the “little see-through church”).
The path runs through apple and pear orchards, and after about ten minutes walking we came to another sign explaining that the church/sculpture is made of 100 layers of steel weighing 30 tonnes.
And there it is.
Because it’s constructed of horizontal layers of metal, its transparency varies with the angle at which you view it.
As you get closer to it and look up at it the layers start to overlap, giving an impression of solidity.
Inside, looking up at the ceiling, the layers overlap completely. Apparently the type of steel used “is a group of steel alloys which were developed to eliminate the need for painting, and form a stable rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years.”
Looking up inside the steeple.
And of course even semi-transparent structures can cast solid shadows if the light is coming from a certain angle.
Here’s a timelapse video of its construction in 2011.