The oxidised steel sculpture known as the “NATO star” has stood in front of the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels since August 1971.
As part of the move to NATO’s new headquarters, the star moved across Boulevard Leopold III to its new home on Saturday, May 28.
According to NATO, to minimise disruption to the community, the sculpture has been moved to the new headquarters during the night, in coordination with local authorities. Physical preparations for the move began on Wednesday.
The sculpture was designed by Belgian architect Raymond Huyberechts as a stylised compass “rose des vents” cut by two circles, representing Europe and North America.
The North Atlantic Council agreed the proposal for the sculpture on 17 March 1970. The design was inspired by the NATO emblem, which has been the symbol of the organisation since 1953. The NATO star is 7 metres high, between 4.2 and 7 metres wide.
Photo courtesy: NATO