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Elia – The World’s Most Frustrating Work of Art

Near the town of Herning in Denmark sits Elia, a giant metal dome sculpture by Ingvar Cronhammar that occasionally spouts flame. I reckon it’s the world’s most frustrating piece of art, and here’s why.


Elia is a sculpture designed by Ingvar Cronhammar in Herning, Denmark. It is a large, spherical dome with four columns reaching 32 meters (105 ft). The dome, itself, has a diameter of 60 meters.

A large tube located in the center of the sculpture randomly blasts flames 8 meters into the air for about 25 seconds.


These random bursts can occur anytime in periods of about 2 months and won’t occur if it is too windy or if people are too close. The work was inaugurated in September 2001 and cost 23 million Danish krone.