Street Art in Brussels

Manneken Peace Street Art Brussels

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

Ric Hochet Brussels Street Art

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.


Zinneke Pis

Street Art Brussels Zinneke Pis

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.


Hergé

Tintin by Herge Brussels Street Art

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

Street Art Brussels

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.

Artist: unknown


Jef Arosol

Jef Aerosol Street Art Brussels

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


Shoefiti

Shoefiti Street Art Brussels

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.


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By | 2017-07-30T01:10:03+00:00 March 9th, 2015|Belgium, Street Art|11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Lydia Mar 11, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Lovely photos. I particularly love that ‘Ric Hochet’ one — so fun and so well done!

  2. Lesley Peterson Mar 13, 2015 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Love Brussels and double-love Tintin! Reading his adventures around the world as a child inspired my own desire to travel. The Herge museum is spectacular, located only 45 minutes by train from Brussels, a great day trip.

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Mar 15, 2015 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Thanks for letting me know! I want to explore more of Belgium, so I will keep that in mind for my next trip Lesley 🙂

  3. African Girl Mar 15, 2015 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Love the street art in Brussels! I’ve seen some cartoons in the underground (don’t remember which stop) then there’s the white sculpture of the smurfs..really cool, would love to go to the cartoon museum as well!

  4. Jessica van Dop DeJesus Mar 18, 2015 at 6:41 am - Reply

    Love this! I lived in Brussels for 6 years and one of the things I would love to do on weekends is go on a long walk and discover new street art around the city and the art galleries throughout.

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Mar 19, 2015 at 11:37 pm - Reply

      That sounds like a lot of fun Jessica! Would love to hear any additional tips you might have too for visiting since you were a local for quite a while 🙂

  5. hookedblog Aug 7, 2016 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Heading off to Brussels for a few days tomorrow and looking forward to checking out some of the cities street art.

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