De glazen toren

Heesen’s Glass Tower

At five metres tall, the Glass Tower was the last large-scale artwork produced at the glassworks by Leerdam-native designer and glass artist Willem Heesen (1925-2007).

It was made on commission for the Dutch Government Buildings Agency and installed at the entrance to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 1976. The base was recessed below ground level to make it look as though the glass had erupted from the earth. Made up of a total of 1,032 crystal cubes, the Glass Tower is the largest glass sculpture in the country.

De Glazen Toren