Discover Benelux | Flemish Limburg | The Ultimate and Unforgettable Winter Destination
Borgloon’s history can be found everywhere. The Town Hall dates back to the 11th century and is considered one of the most beautiful civilian buildings in South-Limburg. It was restored in Maasland style in 1680. “Originally, the town hall was the residence of the counts of Loon,” Pallen explains. “Upon his departure, he gifted his home to the people of the city. That’s why we still call it Count House.” Another reminiscence of Borgloon’s history is the Burchtheuvel – a 118-metre high hill which used to house the fortress of the Loon counties. The strongly dilapidated castle was demolished in 1870, yet the top of the hill still provides a beautiful panoramic view of the region.
Art in Borgloon Attracting visitors from all over the world, the project ‘Pit’ kicked off in Borgloon in 2011: an artistic trajectory initiated by the province of Limburg and Z33 – the contemporary art and architecture museum in Hasselt – showing eight open-air artworks by artists in the region of Borgloon-Heers. Displaying artworks that enter into dialogue with the landscape and local heritage, the works are placed along existing cycle and hiking routes. Reading between the lines by artists Gijs Van Vaerenbergh (consisting of duo Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh) – is an absolute highlight of the Z33 project. Looking like a see-through church, the work is ten metres high and
made of 100 layers. Depending on the perspective of the viewer, the church is either perceived as a massive building or seems to dissolve in the landscape. Reading between the lines was named ‘Best Spot in Belgium’ by renowned British newspaper The Guardian in 2017. Web: www.borgloon.be
‘Z33 - art in public space’ is a unique art project in the landscapes of Borgloon. These magnificent works of art are well worth a visit: Gijs Van Vaerenbergh – Reading between the lines. An absolute show-stopper of the Z33 project: looking like an enormous church, the work uses horizontal plates to transform the concept of a traditional church into a transparent object of art. Aeneas Wilder – Untitled#158 Built nearby the Abbey Mariënlof in Kerniel, this doughnut-shaped pavilion by Scottish artist Aeneas Wilder offers visitors a view across the landscape of Limburg. Entering the artwork is a special experience that refers to religious themes and reminds us of walking around a monastery. When you are inside the artwork, you will hear that the sounds of the environment are muted and changed, which makes the experience extra special.
Tranendreef by Dré Wapenaar.
Memento by Wesley Meuris.
Wesley Meuris – Memento Memento is a sculpture at the central burial ground of Borgloon. The artwork of Wesley Meuris is an anchor point in the sloping landscape and invites visitors to step inside. The architectural structure of the work provides a special experience of looking and dwelling, and the steel-built space can be interpreted in many ways by the visitor, challenging the imagination.
Untitled#158 by Aeneas Wilder.
Issue 48 | December 2017 | 53
Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.