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.

Ric Hochet Brussels Street Art

Ric Hochet Comic Strip Wall

This piece of art by artists Tibet & Duchâteau, entitled ‘Ric  Hochet‘, features a man ricocheting into a lady’s room from the roof. Below the ricocheting man, an older gentleman and his dog can be seen staring up in surprise at the scene above their heads.

This work can be found on Rue des Bon Secours, located near the Grand-Place.

In 2018, it was completely cleaned up and restored with a fresh coat of paint to hide the vandalism and wear and tear that occurred to the piece over the years.

Street Art Brussels Zinneke Pis

Het Zinneke

Erected in 1998 by artist Tom Frantzen, Het Zinneke (sometimes referred to as Zinneke Pis) is yet another peeing statue in Brussels which follows in the theme of peeing statues like Manneken Pis and Jeanneke Pis.

The difference between Het Zinneke and its predecessors is that the dog does not actually pee, he just stands in position aiming at the pole.

According to the artist, this dog is a mongrel (mixed-breed dog) and represents the multiculturalism of Brussels.

This little fellow, which has been restored after being hit by a car in 2015, is located on the corners of Rue de Vieux-Marche and Rue des Chartreux.

Tintin by Herge Brussels Street Art

Tintin Comic Mural

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 features Tintin, his dog Snowy, and Captain Haddock running down the fire escape.

This piece is one of 40 Tintin murals in the city of Brussels and can be found on Rue de l’Etuve, near the Manneken Pis.

Street Art Brussels

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.

Artist: unknown

Jef Aerosol Street Art Brussels

Jef Aérosol

This piece, created in 2008 by street artist Jef Aérosol, features musical artists Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Bob Dylan & Jimi Hendrix.

It can be found on the side of the Arlequin Record Shop near the Manneken Pis.

Shoefiti Street Art Brussels

Shoefiti

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 | 2018-07-12T12:43:28+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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