NATO star moves to new HQ

  • 25 May. 2016 -
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  • Last updated: 28 May. 2016 11:26

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 28 May 2016.

Move of the "NATO Star" to the new headquarters.

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 (25 May 2016).‬‪

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.

You can read more about the history of this unique symbol here.