The 5 best art installations in Brussels
1) The Whirling Ear
Alexander Calder’s mobile sculpture ‘The Whirling Ear’ originally stood in front of the American pavilion at Expo 58. It then disappeared for several decades, but in 2000 it was dusted down and installed in the middle of a fountain near the Fine Arts Museum.
2) Cement Truck
Wim Delvoye’s lifesize Gothic cement mixer stands on a quiet square behind the Flemish theatre. It took a lot of persuading before local residents agreed to have this jagged steel artwork in their neighbourhood.
3) Blue on Yellow
Daniel Buren has brought life to a grey city square with an urban forest of 89 flagpoles flying distinctive blue and yellow flags.
4) Pessoa benches
The painter Antonieta Jorge worked with C.Ramic cafe in 2006 to create two colourful tiled benches in the heart of the city’s Portuguese quarter. They are decorated with scenes of Lisbon, portraits of the melancholy Portuguese writer Pessoa and pages from his novels. A statue of Pessoa stands nearby in a small enclosed space decorated with Portuguese mosaic tiles.
5) Zinneke Pis
Tom Frantzen’s 1999 'Zinneke Pis', a statue of a dog pissing in the street, serves as the perfect symbol of this chaotic but charming city. Frantzen also created a statue of a policeman tripped up by a boy hiding in a manhole.
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