Part of Konnektor
This engaged light-artwork takes you to the historic source of Ghent’s illumination and is a part of the Off Parcours of Lightfestival Ghent (10th to 14th of november)
On this plot of land at the foot of this industrial icon artist Edwin Stolk initiates a collective moment of reflection everyday at sunrise and at sunset. He wants to draw attention to both the heritage-status of the building and to the the ecological challenges we are facing.
The Power plant of Langerbrugge has been to the benefit of the urban development and the rapid industrialisation of the port of Ghent. The local community found employment in and near the factory and learnt to live with the negative effects of the industry. Together, they wrote history but the people witnessed their monument becoming a ruin in recent years.
By offering five hundred seats with a view on the ‘Iron Cathedral’ Stolk not only wants to bring a sacred tribute to the building and its history, he also wants to emphasise the ‘group risk’ which is in effect in the area. Surrounded by heavy industry he creates an impressive setting in which he invites the public as silent witnesses of this situation.
Now humanity is confronted with Climate Change you couldn’t think of a more symbolic place to take a reflective break. On the eve of a new energy transition-era, we get together on the same spot where in 1913 “The New Light of Langerbrugge” was awakened. Using only the natural light of the rising and setting sun, the artist bridges the past, the present and the future.
Eugène Dhuicque, the architect of the electricity plant, was a great admirer of art critic John Ruskin and his vision on the ruin as a carrier of meaning. This quote by Ruskin sums it up appropriately and hopefully: ‘Let every dawn of morning be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.’ – out of The Two Paths
Practical information on Uitzicht op de Elektriciteitscentrale van Langerbrugge, from Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th of november.
Sunrise: ground open between 07:30 and 08:30, the sun rises around 08:00.
Sunset: ground open between 16:30 and 17:30, the sun sets around 17:00.
Location: a vacant lot near Gentweg 18, 9940 Evergem, Belgium
Car Directions & Parking lot
Coming from Gent or Zelzate? Drive via Langerbruggekaai and take the exit to the Meersgatstraat. Proceed to the parking lot. The entry gate to “Uitzicht op de Elektriciteitscentrale van Langerbrugge” is very nearby the end of the parking lot.
Coming from Evergem? Use the parking lot at the Grovermanslaan. Proceed through the park in the direction of Gentweg, targeting the old power plant at the horizon.
Bicycle recommendation. Store your bike alongside the fence in the Gentweg
Dress code: wear warm clothes, firm shoes or boots and provide a raincoat in case of bad weather.
The ground is grassy and unpaved. Access to wheelchair users might be challenging depending on the weather. We advise an assistent to asses the situation on beforehand. We apologise for any inconvenience.