In order to keep the memory of the excavations and the numerous finds alive, MLSO decided to place a work of art on the site as an accessible landmark. And what a work of art it is! BAKEN is 6 meters high, and was inspired by the finds in the Logistics Park Waasland phase West. Furthermore, the direct neighbours of the Logistics Park Waasland were given the opportunity to contribute to it. BAKEN refers to the flint stones found on the site and is composed of more than 20 surfaces covered in lasered patterns.
In early 2020, MLSO and the artists asked their direct neighbours to help develop the patterns. The inhabitants of Verrebroek, Kieldrecht and Kallo were asked to submit photos of local decorative elements: old floors, carpets or wallpaper, plants or animals, historical elements from the villages, stained glass windows, coats of arms... Several neighbours sent in one or more sculptures, and the artists Niko Van Stichel and Lut Vandebos set to work. The images were enlarged and reworked to form an abstract reference to the original image, after which they were incorporated into the whole.
The end result is a 6 meter high 'flint' made of corten steel, a kind of steel [also known as weathering steel] that protects itself by gradually rusting over the years. BAKEN was placed on a small hill and a seating area was incorporated in its pedestal. This seating area is not just to allow people to take a long, leisurely look at BAKEN. It is also a reference to the past, when the location was used as a meeting place for hunter-gatherers. In this way, the landmark can once more become a place where people can meet each other. In yet another reference to the Stone Age, BAKEN is lit up with a red spotlight at night, which gives the impression that a campfire is burning.
See how BAKEN came about (2').