The giant jewel beetle of Leuven

On a 23-meter high needle adorns a giant jewel beetle, pinned against the clouds in front of the university library of Leuven. The beatle is made by Jan Fabre,  a world famous Belgian multidisciplinary artist.


The jewel beetle artwork that goes under the name of "Totem" is a gift from the university to the city, on the occasion of its 575th anniversary. The university wanted long lasting quality and invited the artist in 2000 to design the concept.

Jan Fabre got a wild card for the design . He found the ideas in drawings he made years ago. During a walk through the city Jan Fabre ruled that the Ladeuzeplein was the best place for the giant jewel beetle.


Jan Fabre explains his concept: "The beetle is the memory of nature, a kind of senior computer world, a radar of human existence. The total work of art refers to a collection, a collection of insects pinpricks pricked and reversed. Importantly, the relationship with the university: collective memory of man, a building with a collection of books and knowledge. Totem would like to pay tribute to the knowledge, beauty, in short, to the poetry of existence. "

You can find the Totem of Leuven on this address: Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein, Leuven.

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