Erik Nitsche: The Atomium in Belgium
Artist: Erik Nitsche
Art Nouveau emerged in Belgium as a dominant force in architecture in the late nineteenth century, and it remains characteristic of much of Belgium's modern architecture. The town of Louvain-la-Neuve has opened opportunities for Belgian architects to experiment with the modern techniques. This artwork portrays the 335 foot high Atomium, built in Brussels in 1958 for the World's Fair. It represents the molecules of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Each globular "atom" houses an exhibit on science and technology, and they are linked by tubes containing escalators and elevators. The Atomium is a magnificent feat of imagination and architecture, and it has become a landmark in Brussels.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Belgium Europa 1987 Modern Art - Architecture stamp issued May 9, 1987.
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