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Heavenly Bow of Stars

Milky way over the see-through church, Borgloon, Belgium.

Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh have taken the concept of transparency into a church, as they have constructed a transparent, see-through church in the Belgian region of Haspengouw. The project is an ambitious long-term art installation in public spaces which will be realized in different locations in Limburg, the Netherlands over the five next years as part of the Z-OUT project for Z33 House for Contemporary Art.

The ten meter structure is made of 100 stacked layers and 2000 columns of steel plates, positioned in such a way as to allow visitors to almost walk through the walls. According to the point of perspective, the church can be perceived either as a traditional church structure, yet with the change of perspective the seemingly solid walls seem to disband before one's eyes in the landscape. The play of light and shadow is another interesting aspect which is only perceived when the viewer is in the church. The play of light and the shadows creates a feeling of supremacy, spirituality and of something supernatural conveying religious emotionalism.

This is my first multi-row night sky panorama. I'm quite happy about this: it is not so easy to capture the stars and milky way in a heavily light polluted country such as Belgium. So on a rare, almost moonless night without clouds, I went out, and took this panorama: 2 rows of about 8 photos (vertical shots, Samyang 14mm, 20s, f/2.8, 6400ISO).

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Taken on October 19, 2014