Manneken, Jeanneke & Zinneke Pis Statues (Brussels - Belgium)

Errrrmmmm... There are 3 peeing statues in Brussels. Yes, there are 3 sculptures that are urinating in public in Brussels!!! One of which is very famous of a little boy and the rest 2, not so famous!
Well, what's the obsession of the Dutch people & pissing???!!!!! I read somewhere of this explanation - Belgium is synonymous with beer. Belgium is known for its beer and the Belgian people drink so much beer. Drinking beer increases the tendency to urinate and that's the obsession of Belgians with pissing!!! I don't know if its true or not, but I'd like to believe it, coz its such a damn interesting reason!!!
To begin with the most famous sculpture - Manneken Pis. The first reaction as soon as I went to Manneken Pis was - OMG, its sooo tiny!!!! I expected a slightly bigger statue and standing at just 61cm, he's just too tiny and insignificant. I reached here at around 8.30AM and there was nobody there. I reached the spot and then I wasn't even sure if I was in the right spot, even after noticing this boy, coz somehow I felt he wouldn't be this tiny!!!! Anyways, inspite of being tiny, he's the icon of Brussels in the World stage.
The original statue was made of stone in the middle ages and it played a vital role in the city's water supply system till 19th C. Later it was replaced with a bronze replica in 1618 or 1619 and the stone statue was taken to the Maison du Roi museum in Grand Place. The sculptor of the bronze one was HiĆ«ronymus Duquesnoy the Elder. Yes, the sculpture is clothed many a times to signify the current affair or festivities and I was rather glad I got to see the nak*d boy as he was!

From there I set out in search of his sister Jeanneke Pis. This was even more difficult to find. It was at a walkable distance from Manneken Pis and at the end of a tiny lane filled with pubs within a grill enclosure just opposite to Delirium Cafe & Bar. This was designed by Denis-Adrien Debouvrie in 1985 and was kept here in 1987. As a sculpture she is almost the same height at her brother, but since she's squatting, her actual height is much higher than her brother! This too is a working fountain, but it wasn't working early that morning. The proceeds from the coins that's thrown into this fountain (like a wishing well) are forwarded to the medical research for cancer.

From there, I started off to meet their pet dog Zinneke Pis (aka Het Zinneke). Can you see him in the above pic???? There at the junction of the crossroads near the iron stump.

Unlike the other 2, this isn't a working model, but a stand alone statue and its open to public to touch & feel and not in any enclosure. This was created by by Tom Frantzen in 1998. This sculpture is so natural depicting the natural action of a dog when it urinates, lifting one of its hind legs.

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P.S: I was invited by VisitBrussels - Brussels Card to experience the city for review purposehowever the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

17 comments:

  1. haaaa....in India you can fully clothed people pissing on the road and there - naked children :P

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  2. Wow,those sculptures are really intriguing, but very beautiful. I like the idea behind it. It speaks about the passion of people to drink "beers", it may sound weird, but honestly I like it.

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  3. Wow.. they do tell something to people. Different views by different people.. but for art lovers.. it's great. Thanks for sharing,

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  4. Some different creation for the people specially who associated with art & craft. Some people may call it shit but those are really wonderful pieces of art.

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  5. We see things in different ways. I really adore the art work. Thanks for sharing

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  6. I have seen that pissing boy statue and surprised to read that it is smaller than how it looks. Just like how I felt when I saw the Mona Lisa and how small it is.

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  7. I took a double take at the bull peeing~ It's indeed very unique and different. Haha... I didn't know Piss is spelled as pis in Belgium. Love the rationale behind that though! Hahaha

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  8. Statues of animals and people pissing! haha. This is an interesting place and I'd love to see it someday!

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  9. I remember when I was in Paris they told me to take a train to Belgium and check this spots. Now, I've seen them through your post.

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  10. If those statues are displayed here, I'm very sure most people who will see it will laugh. I find it very creative though, I'm sure there's a deep reason for that.

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  11. This is so LOL and cute! The city looks so charming by the way.

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  12. Thanks for sharing this. How I wish I can travel to Belgium one day. My parents and older sister visited there 2 years back and they said it is a beautiful country.

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  13. Aaaaah, really makes me crave for Belgium! I am definitely including Belgium in the list! This inspires me. Bookmarking your Belgim posts. :)

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  14. I had no idea there were statues like these in Brussels. It's quite amusing when you think about it. I think it's fun to hunt them down to feed your curiosity.

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  15. Great statue... It's great to visit and have a look at these artistic statue...

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  16. Never heard about those statues before, but those are all so amazing and cute haha. Hope I could visit Belgium soon. Thanks for sharing

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  17. I'm not quite sure how I feel about some of these statues haha, but they are deep in the cities history so that is good i guess. Hahaha, I would love for that to be the real reason for all the 'peeing'.

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