REPEAT (2013)

A superfluous church in Bossuit, Belgium, originally built to replace a church destroyed in World War I, was made into an artificial ruin to create a new outdoor public space for a village. The new terrazzo floor represented both the elements that were removed during demolition (pillars, ceiling arches, altars etc.) and the shadow of the ruins of the church at the end of World War I. The title references the continuing cycle of destruction and reconstruction experienced by the church since the early Middle Ages.

Repeat (St. Amalberga, Bossuit, Belgium), Ellen Harvey, 2013. Partially demolished church, terrazzo floor: 54 x 81’ (16.4 x 24.8 m). Photography: Ria Pacquee & Nino Tondat.

Commissioned by the Municipality of Avelgem in collaboration with the Vlaams Bouwmeester Team. Architect: Pol Sileghem & Partners. Terrazzo fabrication: Nino Tondat.

St. Amalberga Church (interior and exterior in 2009, ruins in 2018), Bossuit, Belgium.