During my short 10 hour layover in Brussels, I aimed to see and do as much as I could within a short time frame.
Being a lover of street art culture around the world, I was very interested in exploring the street art scene in Brussels.
The art scene in Brussels redefines what you might typically think of as street art, with pieces ranging from painted murals, to statues, to shoefiti; Brussels has got it all.
Tibet & Duchâteau
A man sneaking (well, ricocheting) into a lady’s room from the roof?
Scandalous. – Even the old man and the dog are surprised by his boldness.
This piece entitled ‘Ric Hochet‘ can be found on Rue des Bons Secours, located near the Grand-Place.
Erected in 1998, the Zinneke Pis is yet another peeing statue in Brussels (in case you were not satisfied with seeing Manneken Pis and the Jeanneke Pis).
The difference between this statue and its predecessors however is that he does not actually pee, he is just in position aiming at the pole.
This little fellow is located on the corners of Rue de Vieux-Marche and Rue des Chartreaux.
A part of Belgian popular culture, Tintin is a fictional cartoon character created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Prosper Remi aka Hergé.
The often-photographed piece with Tintin, his dog Snowy, and Captain Haddock running down the stairs can be found on Rue de l’etuve, near the Manneken Pis.
Impasse de la Barbe
This seemingly strong politically-themed work was found on a wall in Impasse de la Barbe.
Interestingly, the flags have been tagged and are no longer legible, so I am assuming this piece was strongly disliked by someone.
This creative piece by street artist Jef Arosol features musical artists Bob Dylan, Bruce Springstein, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison.
This work was found on the Arlequin Record Shop near the Manneken Pis.
Curious to see more work by this artist? Check out his site: jefaerosol.com
Yes, shoefiti is a thing.
It is defined by the Urban Dictionary as “The artistic expression of slinging shoes tied together by their laces over power lines”.
While I have generally seen shoes flung across phone lines in urban neighborhoods in the United States, it apparently is quite popular outside of the United States as well.
Curious to know more about this urban phenomenon? Check out this video entitled: ‘The Mystery of Flying Kicks‘ on Vimeo.