Only in bike-mad Flanders could they create an installation like Limburgs Cycling Through Water, part of an art trail designed to regenerate the region and be seen from a bicycle
A ring-necked duck swam by at eye level, the water rippling beside me without spilling over the high metal sides of the Cycling Through Water bike path.
This 212-metre concrete path is 1.5 metres deep and slices a pond in two, allowing cyclists to pedal straight through it. From a distance, the position of the path creates the illusion of people magically gliding through water. I pedalled along, steering with one hand, the other dipping into the water. Then I nearly fell over a dyspraxic Moses.
Opened in 2016, Cycling Through Water runs through a pond in the De Wijers nature reserve at Bokrijk-Genk, a small park that is home to an arboretum (one of the largest plant collections in Belgium), a botanical garden and childrens playground, plus an open-air museum with historical buildings from across Flanders, displaying traditional rural life in the region.
Part optical illusion, part bike path, Cycling Through Water has proved to be a hit with tourists and locals, and is set to be followed by similar paths around the province of Limburg, including Cycling Underground (currently under design), Cycling through the Heath (open early 2020) and Cycling through Trees, which opens this July.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/may/07/sculpture-from-the-saddle-a-cycling-and-art-tour-of-belgium