Proud to be Belgian

In April a giant reincarnation of Brussels’ famous Manneken Pis statue was unveiled at Maasmechelen Village by its creator, Charles Kaisin. Take a look behind the scenes at how this one-of-a-kind creation came to be…

Standing an impressive six metres tall at Maasmechelen Village is a 3D-printed version of Brussels’ much-loved Manneken Pis. As the largest of its kind ever to be created in Belgium, this exclusive piece of art towers over the Village’s main square and serves as the perfect Instagram opportunity for guests.

The original bronze sculpture, designed by Jerôme Duquesnoy in the seventeenth century and sitting close to Brussels’ Grand Place, is just 61 cm high and depicts a naked boy urinating into a fountain. The landmark, which has a ‘sister’ statue named Jeanneke Pis on the city’s Fidelity Alley, reflects the Belgian independence of mind and its famous sense of humour – inspiring renowned architect-designer Charles Kaisin to recreate the icon as part of his Village-wide takeover that celebrates the ‘Best of Belgium’.

The reincarnation – which mirrors the original in everything but its colour and size – is the result of a joint effort between Kaisin, the Village and manufacturer Pix & Real. With a workshop in Belgium’s Louvain-La-Neuve, Pix & Real specialises in cinema and television special effects and creating large-scale statues – which has included the creation of a life-size triceratops which stood in the train station next to Paris’ National Museum of Natural History. For the new Manneken Pis, the company printed the statue in three parts to be assembled as one in its final location in the Village.

The statue will be on display in the Village until 30 September and forms just part of a Village-wide takeover by Kaisin. Throughout summer the global shopping destination offers a fully immersive art experience and Kaisin’s purpose-designed print, featuring a series of overlapping Atomium-inspired spheres in the colours of the Belgian flag, will dress the entire Village. Plus, guests can enjoy a new pop-up café, ‘Made in Belgium’ – also covered from floor to ceiling in Kaisin’s vibrant print – which offers delicacies unique to the country, such as charcuterie and cheese platters, Belgian beers and much more.

Discover the installation at Maasmechelen Village now and enjoy an extraordinary experience full of surprising pop-ups, delicious cuisine and, above all, exceptional art.

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