Memorial picked for gas blast victims

6th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

6 April 2005, BRUSSELS – A sculpture is to be created in the Belgian town of Ghislenghien to remember the victims of last July's fatal gas explosion, it was reported on Wednesday.

6 April 2005

BRUSSELS – A sculpture is to be created in the Belgian town of Ghislenghien to remember the victims of last July's fatal gas explosion, it was reported on Wednesday.

A total of 24 people died and 132 were injured when an underground pipe exploded at the site owned by Diamant Boart on 30 July.

In February, the diamond-cutting company launched a competition to design a memorial.

Four projects were shortlisted and the designs were put to Diamant Boart workers, survivors of the disaster and the families of victims.

After an exhibition at Ath Town Hall, a vote was held on the memorial which should be created.

Genevieve Vastrade, an artist from Court-Saint-Etienne, won by 52 percent.

Vastrade, who won the David and Alice Van Buuren sculpture prize in 1997, will create a three-metre sail-like work of art from blue stone, entitled Elan, designed to symbolise the spirit of solidarity in the wake of Ghislenghien.

A memorial garden, funded by Diamant Boart and Ath’s local authorities will be created to house the sculpture, which will be officially opened in July, on the first anniversary of the disaster.

[Copyright Expatica 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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