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Statues and sculptures

Statues and sculptures

The Berlin Wall... in Brussels

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, sections of the Wall were brought to Brussels.

One piece can be seen on the esplanade before the European Parliament, a second is located on Rue Wiertz (also near the European Parliamant), and a third is currently under restoration (2015).

Monument paying tribute to Joseph Plateau

Joseph Plateau discovered the principle of persistence of vision, one of the basic principles of cinematography: our brain perceives the illusion of movement as of 24 images per second.
A monument pays tribute to him in Brussels and shows important scenes from cinema's history.

Rue Joseph Plateau, 1000 Brussels

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The 'lifeguard' chair

This four-metre high work of art was created by Peter Weidenbaum. At the bottom of the chair is a poem by Agnieszka Kuciak.

Rond-Point Montgomery/Boulevard Saint-Michel, 1040 Brussels

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The Pavilion of Human Passions

Pavilion of Human PassionsThis work by Jef Lambeaux caused a scandal when it opened in 1899. Accused of being an insult to common decency (many nudes are exhibited), the work was hidden from the eyes of the general public by blocking access to the pavilion in which it was housed. Nowadays it can be visited on special occasions (including heritage days and museum open days).

Parc du Cinquantenaire (Schuman Roundabout side), 1000 Brussels

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The canopies of Brussels Town Hall

The canopies that overhang the three columns in the right part of Brussels town hall display some unexpected scenes:

  • a mother breastfeeding her baby and some men in turbans
  • monks clinking their beer glasses
  • characters shovelling chairs.

Some think that these scenes refer to establishments that were demolished to make way for the town hall. In this reading, the monks represent a hostelry called the 'Papenkelder', the monks’ cellar. The mother and the men in turbans refer to 'De Moor' (the diminutive of the Dutch word for mother and the name of the Muslim people of northwestern Africa. The scene of men with chairs ('stoelen') and shovels ('schoppen') may be a play on words in Dutch – 'schopstoel' is Dutch for strappado, a form of torture used on condemned people on Grand’Place.

Grand-Place, 1000 Brussels

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La Pasionaria

This is an installation by the artist Emilio Lopez Menchero. On his website the artist explains that the sculpture in the form of a megaphone 'is dedicated to all migrants and refers to Joris Ivens’ film on the Spanish civil war, which features a giant megaphone towed by a truck booming out encouragement to the Republican troops in the trenches, including La Pasionaria’s (the militant communist Dolorès Ibárruri)'. Why not climb the steps and try it out for yourself.

Avenue de Stalingrad (Brussels Midi Station), 1000 Brussels

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Zinneke

In the Brussels dialect a ‘zinneke’ is a mongrel dog. This one on the corner of Rue des Chartreux is by the sculptor Tom Frantzen. A symbol to the multicultural character of Brussels and a tribute to Manneken Pis.

Rue des Chartreux, 1000 Brussels

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De Vaartkapoen

Another of Tom Frantzen’s sculptures depicts a policeman about to fall head over heels at Place Sainctelette. It’s a tribute to the policeman created by Hergé in the adventures of Quick & Flupke.

Place Sainctelette, 1080 Brussels

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The statue of the soldier pigeon

Brussels is probably the only city in the world with a permanent monument to the carrier pigeons used to relay messages during the Great War. Victor Voets’ statue of the pigeon soldier was unveiled in March 1931 in honour of the pigeons, as well as the pigeon fanciers who laid down their lives between 1914 and 1918.

Square des Blindés, 1000 Brussels

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Madame Chapeau

A tribute to the famous character in 'Bossemans & Coppenolle', an old Belgian play.

Rue des Moineaux and Rue du Midi, 1000 Brussels

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The caves of Lourdes... in Brussels

There are many replicas of the caves of Lourdes around the world, and Brussels has two of them: one in Anderlecht and one in Jette.

Rue de la Floraison, 1070 Brussels
Rue Léopold Ier 296, 1090 Brussels

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The clock at Mont des Arts

Clock at Mont des ArtsBuilt in 1958, the clock features various figurines marking the hours, including a labourer with his tankard, Charlier Jambe de Bois (a hero of the 1830 revolution), Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Rubens, the Count of Egmont and a First World War soldier.

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Europe’s largest graffiti work

The Region commissioned sixty street artists to create Europe’s largest graffiti work – covering 4500 sq m over the two platforms of De Wand tram stop on lines 7 and 19.

De Wand (tram stop on lines 7 and 19)

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