Ghent’s fourth tower is a modernist masterpiece by the Belgian architect Henry van de Velde.

The 64-metre concrete building has 24 floors that house more than 3 million books. It was initially conceived as a university library and fulfils that same role to this day. 

Be sure to look up when you’re admiring the Booktower on Sint-Pietersplein square.

If you look really hard, you can see a dog on top of the Booktower.  This bronze fox terrier is a work by Greta van Puyenbroeck based on an idea of Ghent photographer Michiel Hendryckx.  The purpose of the sculpture is to put the lofty character of the monumental Booktower into perspective.  What’s at the pinnacle of science, wisdom and knowledge?  A dog.  

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