Third Paradise

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Tongeren works together with the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, who is an important representative of ‘Arte Povera’, in which the artist uses simple materials. Pistoletto created The Third Paradise, in which people seek a sustainable balance with nature. His philosophy is symbolised by a new infinity sign: two small circles that are attached on opposite sides of a central ring.

Tongeren continues to strive to spread Michelangelo Pistoletto’s philosophy.

Le Prince Evêque

This art project was made by the artistic duo ‘Le Prince Evêque’ but inspired by Pistoletto’s philosophy. It presents three Gallo-Roman burial mounds (tumuli) that mark the landscape in and around Tongeren. The middle hill is larger than the other two. A downward shaft runs through its centre, fitted with a mirror that reflects the sky. The silhouette depicts the upper part of the Third Paradise symbol.