November 04, 2011

A bug on a needle in Leuven.

"In the year 2000, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven celebrated its 575th anniversary. To express its connection with the city of Leuven, the university decided to present the city with a gift. Jan Fabre was commissioned to create a sculpture. Totem was unveiled in October 2004. It is a beetle, measuring 2.7 metres across, that is speared to the sky on a needle that stretches to a height of 23 metres. Totem is placed on Ladeuzeplein, the square right in front of the central university library, the university's pre-eminent icon of knowledge and science.
A totem is a meeting point as well as a symbol of a different reality, beyond human perception. That way, Totem emphasises the relationship between art and science, because imagination is indispensable for both good art and good science".
Since this is about Leuven, I decided to show in picture 2 a progress report on the city works: slowly but surely...


  1. Now that is a BUG!! Wow! What a great shot, Anni! I love it! Enjoy your weekend!


  2. Plezant gevangen in een foto, Anni !

  3. that bug on the needle is really cool looking!

  4. Great shot. Unusual sculpture.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

  5. Thanks to your link, I met again with "The man measuring the clouds", my favourite sculpture of Jan Fabre. Thank you for your nice blog. And indeed, the works in Leuven are slow!

  6. My first reaction was "poor bug"! But at 2.7 metres across, maybe it is for the best. I love bugs and I love that sculpture.