A 120-footartwork built out of steel pipes has made a shortlist of the most unusualobjects to be found in the buildings of the European Parliament.

Named ‘Confluences’,the sculpture was designed by Olivier Strebelle in 1992 for the Spaak building,and stands some 36 metres high.

Thestructure consists of interlocking steel pipes, with the hard metal and pointedtips of the pipes contrasting with the sweeping waves and curves into whichthey are bent.

With avisual effect similar to that of interlocked garden rakes or dinner forks, theimposing sculpture cuts a striking figure in the building’s interior.

And it seemsformer Swedish MEP Jonas Sjostedt was particularly impressed by the dominantsculpture, and the starkness and sharpness of its materials.

That led himto feature it in his novel Sammanfloden, a crime thriller in which Confluenceswas used as the murder weapon.

Now, withits inclusion on the shortlist published on the European Parliament’s ‘Europa’site, the sculpture is finding a new audience both for its artistic and itsmore unusual merits.