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View of:
the Langerbrugge
Power Station
November 10 to November 14, 2021

Sunrise: 07:30 and 08:30 sunrise around 08:00
Sunset: 16:30 and 17:30 sun down around 17:00

'View of the Langerbrugge Power Station' is part of the off-track of the Ghent Light Festival 10 - 14 November. It is a committed work of light art that takes you to the source of Ghent's urban lighting. The work is part of the 'Mission Dhuicque' project and was developed in collaboration with Konnektor.

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[Idea sketch titled: View of the Langerbrugge Power Station at Sunset/View of the Langerbrugge Power Station at Sunrise, 2021]

On a site at the foot of this industrial icon, a collective moment of reflection will take place every day from 10 to 14 November during sunrise and sunset. This draws attention to the heritage and reflects on the ecological challenges we face today.

For a century, the Langerbrugge power station was at the service of urban development and the advancing industrialization in Ghent harbour. The local community found work at the plant and learned to live with the ill effects of the industry. They wrote history together, but today they see their monument slip into ruins.

By offering five hundred seats with a view of the 'Iron Cathedral', I do not only want to pay a sacred tribute to the building and its history. I am also referring to the societal risk that is in force in the area. Surrounded by heavy industry, an impressive setting is created in which the public is invited as silent witnesses of this situation.

Now that we are confronted with climate change, you could hardly think of a more symbolic place to stop for a while. On the eve of a new era of energy transition, we gather at the site where "The New Light" was generated in 1913. In the natural light of the rising and setting sun I try to bridge the past, present and future with this work.

Eugène Dhuicque, the architect of the power station, was a great admirer of art critic John Ruskin and his view of the ruin as a carrier of meaning. This statement by Ruskin sums it up as aptly as it is hopeful:

Let every dawn of morning be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.' [from The Two Paths]

'View of the Langerbrugge Power Station' is Proposition 2 of a landscape triptych and part of 'Mission Dhuicque'.

Kind regards, Edwin Stolk

Position 1 - View of Kronos Europe NV

[This position offers a view of the present, which has a major influence on the choices that are made today.]

Position 2 - View of the Langerbrugge Power Station by sunrise and sunset

[This position offers a view of the visible past, which seems to slowly wither away.]

Position 3 - View of the former fly ash dumb from the Langerbrugge Power Station

[This position offers a view of the consequences of a past that seems to have been disappeared forever in the green of trees.]

'Position 2 - View of the Langerbrugge Power Station' is inspired by the painting by the 'Meetjesland' painter Karel De Bondt (1888–1974) with the title: Vue de la Lys à Laethem-Saint-Martin au coucher de soleil / View of the Leie in Sint-Martens-Latem at sunset, 1921. A hundred years later I thought I recognized the Langerbrugge power station in the black shadows on this canvas.

[Painting by Karel De Bondt (1888–1974) titled: Vue de la Lys à Laethem-Saint-Martin au coucher de soleil / View of the Lys in Sint-Martens-Latem at sunset, 1921]

During my research in 2020 I have been in contact with representatives of the municipality of Evergem, Het agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed, de Vlaamse Vereniging voor Industriële Archeologie, de provincie Oost Vlaanderen, Comeet and the Projectgroep Gentse Kanaalzone. I was reading a thesis about the architect Eugène Dhuicque written by Roos Pauwels at the University of Ghent and studied many (governmental) reports about this area and the companies active in this area. I spoke with the founder and conservator of the former Museum Energeia, with former workers of the power plant and people who are born and raised with the view of this power station. It was special to meet with supporters and opponents of this heritage.

I want to thank everyone for their confidence.

Slide 1 An overview of the three positions of 'Mission Dhuicque
Slide 2 The Langerbrugge power station in the summer of 2020
Slide 3 View on the Langerbrugge power station seen from the proposed grandstand

Gouvernement made this proposal 'Mission Dhuicque' possible during Konnektor and 'Position 2-View of the Langerbrugge Power Station' will be further elaborated with the following partners: Konnektor, Industrie Museum Ghent, Gemeente Evergem, Engie (your company, organization, name here?)

'Mission Dhuicque' in the press: BK Informatie

'Mission Dhuicque' follows the concept of #theorganisation

Volunteers! do you want to help us? missiondhuicque@konnektor.be

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Position 1 | Position 2 | Position 3

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