Stairway to Heaven: Vlooybergtoren
Engineer: Close to Bone
Location: Blerebergstraat, 3390 Tielt-Winge, Belgien
The Vlooybergtoren, which stands in the province of Flemish Brabant, stands just under 11.5 metres tall. Sculpture and lookout point in one, the stairway to heaven has become an attraction for residents and tourists alike.
The weight of the sculpture played a decisive role in the design process. The structure had to be stable enough not to tip, yet could not be too heavy or massive. A galvanized subconstruction forms the framework, which is covered in weatherproof steel. The colour calls to mind the red-brown iron-rich stone peculiar to the Hageland region.
The stairway was completed in advanced and assembled on site in half a day. It replaces a four-metre-high wooden lookout tower which was irreparably damaged in a fire.