Church Spire

As I came across a left over spire.

The church in the village I live in has a so-called obtuse tower. The spire was removed in the late sixties of the 20th century. In the last couple of years a group of villagers has been renovating the church. Their wish was a new spire for the church. But be careful about your wishes, they can come true.

In my work I visit a lot of companies around the country of the Netherlands. So one day I was in Velserbroek and I saw a left over spire. Thinking about my fellow villagers and their project, I thought: Why not put a neo gothic spire on top of a neo roman church? They are almost of the same age (late 19th century). And so it was going to happen.

Together with the people of the village I am in the process of making a photo project. It will be a reportage of the installation of the new spire. And a shared interpretation of the old and new significance of the church. As it is no longer in function as a church, we are looking for a new role and use of a common place in the village in 2021. This I hope will result in an exhibition in the church, possibly on monument day early September 2021.

The church with its spire. Photo taken by G.J. Dukker in december 1965 (courtesy Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed).

The neo gothic spire as it was waiting for a new destination for over 20 years in Velserbroek.

The church with its obtuse tower. I took this photo in february 2020 from about the same viewing point as the photo above. The tree shows off 55 years of growth.