Architects Create See-Through Church

'Reading Between the Lines' is an art installation about transparency
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2011 12:25 PM CDT
Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnuot Van Vaerenbergh have created a see-through "church" out of steel plates.   (YouTube)
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(Newser) – Well, it's a church with a steeple, but you don't need to open the doors to see all the people. Two Belgian architects have created an amazing steel-framed church, built from 100 stacked layers and 2,000 columns of plates. From some angles, you can see it clearly, but from others it seems to disappear. Don't expect to attend services there, though—the church is actually an art installation titled “Reading Between the Lines."

With church attendance on the decline in Belgium and many churches being abandoned, the architects wanted to comment on the meaning of "transparency" in the context of belief. "Just because you can see something doesn’t make it real, neither does something not exist because it can’t be seen," says an overview of the transparent church on Digital Trends.

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