On the 400th anniversary of the creation of Brussels’ landmark Manneken Pis sculpture, Maasmechelen Village – the Belgium-based luxury shopping destination within The Bicester Village Shopping Collection – unveiled a giant reincarnation designed by architect Charles Kaisin (@CharlesKaisin). 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 statue. 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 1619 and positioned 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 a particularly Belgian way of thinking and its famously distinctive 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, Maasmechelen Village and manufacturer Pix & Real and was unveiled in April this year. 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 that 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.
Find the statue – just one part of a Village-wide takeover by Kaisin – on display at Maasmechelen Village until 30 September. Throughout summer the global shopping destination is transformed into 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, dresses 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 – where you can try 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.
Visit ProudToBeBelgian.com for more information about the takeover and how to visit when you travel to Belgium.
This exclusive piece of art towers over the Village’s main square and serves as the perfect Instagram opportunity for guests