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The Atomium

For the Peaceful use of Atomic Energy

 

A Surrealistic Walk through Tubes & Spheres with "Nuclear Power"

 

Atomic Age & Technological Progress

 

"The story of the Atomium is, above all, one of love, the love that the Belgians have for an extraordinary structure symbolising a frame of mind that wittily combines aesthetic daring with technical mastery. The appearance of the Atomium is unusual and unforgettable. It has a rare quality of lifting everyone’s spirits and firing their imagination."

Diane Hennebert

 

- Atoms Magnified 165 billion Times -

 

The balls are arranged like a school chemistry set to represent atoms in their crystal lattice,except these are 165 billion times bigger.

 

Faith in Progress depicted on 9 iron crystal interconnected spheres representing atoms.The diameter of each sphere is 18 metres and they are connected by tubes with escalators and lifts.

It was dreamed up by the engineer André Waterkeyn and the spheres were fitted out by the architects André & Jean Polak.

 

The Atomium,102 metres high,was the main pavilion and icon of the World Fair of Brussels (1958),commonly called Expo 58.

 

It symbolised the democratic will to maintain peace among all the nations,faith in progress,both technical and scientific and, finally,an optimistic vision of the future of a modern,new,technological world for a better life for mankind.

 

Universal Landmarks & Futuristic Sculptures in Brussels.

 

For the Peaceful use of Atomic Energy .....

 

"It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well." René Descartes

 

 

PS : BRUEGEL AT THE ATOMIUM in 2019

 

Brussels pays tribute to Bruegel,the greatest Flemish painter of the 16th century.On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of his death in 1569,the Atomium is proposing an exhibition that will plunge its visitors into the picturesque and colourful world of this artistic genius.

 

Date: From mid September 2019 to mid September 2020

 

 

 

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Taken on April 29, 2019