Elia (sculpture)

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Elia is a sculpture created by Ingvar Cronhammar (1947–2021) 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 (200 ft). A large tube located in the center of the sculpture randomly blasts flames 8 meters (26 ft) into the air, for about 25 seconds at a time. These random bursts can occur anytime in periods of about two months and will not 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.[1]


On 30 October 2016 a 21-year-old man died by falling down the center.[2] 2 months later, on 29 December 2016, a woman died the same way, purportedly committing suicide by jumping into the centre chamber.[3] This ultimately resulted in the sculpture getting a safety net installed. In connection with the installation of the net, an installer fell several meters down and subsequently had to be taken to hospital by ambulance.[4] On 23 March 2021, a 46-year-old man died in one of the four steel pipes while performing maintenance on the sculpture.[5]

Dimensions and materials[edit]

The sculpture has the following dimensions and material use:[6]

Measure Meter
Diameter at ground level 60.00
Height above ground level (pillars) 32.00
Height to upper platform 11.22
Radius in the steel dome 42.00
Radius at bottom 110.8
Staircase width 10.00
Step height 0.34
Materials Amount
Steel sheeting 270 t
Structural steel 80 t
Steel pillars 30 t
Concrete 250 m³
Asphalt 300 t
Reinforcement steel 15 t
Volume of earth excavated 7,000 m³
Terrain regulation 20,000 m³ earth


  1. ^ Lund Lysgaard, Alexandra (2016-10-30). "Cronhammar om dødsulykke på Elia: Jeg begyndte at tude". TV Midtvest (in Danish). Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Ung mand faldt i døden efter kapløb med vennerne". Berlingske (in Danish). Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Kvinde fundet livløs på bunden af Elia". Herning Folkeblad (in Danish). Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Nu bliver Elia sikret med et net". TV Midtvest (in Danish). Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  5. ^ "46-årig mand død efter at være fanget i 30 meter høj gigantskulptur". tv2 (in Danish). 24 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Behind Elia". Retrieved 2018-07-30.

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Coordinates: 56°07′38″N 9°01′37″E / 56.12722°N 9.02694°E / 56.12722; 9.02694