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Halo, a permanent light circle, diameter 13 feet, floating above the crest of the lower chapel of the Roman Catholic Church Saint Willibrord in the city of Utrecht. The circle of light – comprising two neon lines, a golden yellow inner circle and a pure white outer circle – is both dynamic and static, it connects the space to a human sense of history.
The church was built in 1877, a time in the Netherlands when Catholics were again able to express their faith by building new churches. The entrance is humble, in a residential street with small shops, the church disappears out of sight, is invisible. The work of art establishes a link between the church and its surroundings; the silent gesture taking the church out of its shadow. The intensity of the light in the artwork draws your eyes upwards only to disappear into the black hole, experiencing another dimension of space in the city.
The Halo is one of the art works of Trajectum Lumen. A permanent light route through the city of Utrecht. Involved were the users of the church, a neon factory, a historical restauration firm, the historical monuments commission and of course the municipality itself.
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