L’Arabe … continues

L’Arabe … continues

This picture is a sequel to previous posts about the contestations of the text on the ‘monument to the Congo warriors’ in the Cinquantenaire parc which are in the ‘Congo Monument’ category. The scratching out and reinsertions of the words ‘arabe ‘ (fr) arabische (nl) is continuing. For more context on what is going on, […]
Feed Leopold to the birds

Feed Leopold to the birds

The association ACED ‘citizens for a decolonialised public space’ (Association Citoyenne pour un Espace public Décolonial) has removed the statue in honor of Leopold II in the Duden Parc in Brussels in protest to the violent colonial history in Congo. A day later a version of the buste made out of birdseed appeared. The case […]
Smokers platform

Smokers platform

October 2017, platform 3, North station, Brussels. A practical joke ? A citizens initiative to diminish the amount of cigarette buds on the pavement and propose an extra disposal next to the existing bags installed on the platform ? This ashtray has been glued to the garbage tray. It was actually used a lot, I […]
Road block bakken

Road block bakken

Rue Haeck, 1080 bxl Piled up heavy wooden boxes filled with gravel stones serve as road block and guarentee parking place for motor bikes.
Scooter stand

Scooter stand

Rue Pierre Victor Jacobs straat, 1080 A wooden pallet serves as parking device. The pallet prevents cars from parking and reserves a permanent spot in the street for this scooter. One plank has been removed from the pallet. By placing the front wheel of the scooter in the vacant slot, the scooter stays upright. The […]
Doorstop

Doorstop

15 Rue Vanderperren, Jette An improvised doorstop preventing the frontdoor of this apartment building to swing open widely.
Utility shack

Utility shack

Neerstalsesteenweg 76, 1190 Vorst.
Brick white squared cover

Brick white squared cover

Augustijnerstraat, Jette, Brussels Contemporary solution to common problem: making sure filth or rain will not enter the cellar through the traditional ventilation grid. Here’s an equally beautiful, more Bric-à-brac style solution: http://westenberg.constantvzw.org/?p=1097
Putting the L in nouvel

Putting the L in nouvel

Gare du Nord, 1000 Brussels Renovation of the main hall is in full progress. Temporary signage is pointing travelers the way to the new entrance. An unfortunate translation mistake needed to be corrected on all posters. It became an adventure in individual letter placing and spacing.
Serious at work

Serious at work

café Lecoq, 1050 Ixelles, Bxl
New P

New P

WTC, tower 1, Boulevard Albert II / Koning Albert II-laan 30, next to main entrance The World Trade Towers in Brussels were built in the 1970’s. One of the enterprises in the building is BNP Paribas, full name: Banque de Paris et des Pays-Bas, or in Dutch: Bank van Parijs en de Nederlanden. The P […]
Smeared Leopold sign

Smeared Leopold sign

Corner Sint-Annakerkstraat / Rue de l’église Sainte-Anne + Blvd Leopold II laan, 1081 Koekelberg See also: Patrice Lumumba Laan Boulevard de la Honte/ Schande laan
Patrice Lumumba laan

Patrice Lumumba laan

Corner Rue Van der Noot straat + Boulevard Leopold II laan, 1080 Molenbeek Leopold II renamed to Boulevard Patrice Lumumba laan. See also: Boulevard de la Honte/ Schande laan Picture by Femke Snelting
Honte / Schande

Honte / Schande

Boulevard Leopold II, renamed to Rue de la Honte/Schandestraat (Following is translated from this webpage: https://3z5gorm1zxf7vqm2a0w6.oasis.sandstorm.io/index.html “In the night of Thursday, December 22, names of Brussels streets with colonial connotations were renamed to “Rue de la Honte / Straat van de Schaamte”: Street of Shame. This action aims at breaking with the glorification of the […]
Integrated street signs

Integrated street signs

Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud Tumuli dreef, jonctions Kwekerij pad + Kornelius dreef 1560 Hoeilaart
Avis / Bericht

Avis / Bericht

Not sure were I took this picture again, it has been a while .. The area on the wall carved in stone used to be a place to put up notices, it reads Avis / Berichten: A ‘message’ area. Now this parking meter takes the stage in a somewhat too centralised Oracle like position, as […]
C/Sigarettes

C/Sigarettes

Spelling correction: in Dutch ‘cigarettes’ is spelled as ‘sigaretten’. This sign is on the balcony of the building that hosts cultural organisations such as Q-O2, FoAM and iMAL.
Protecting pallet

Protecting pallet

Ransfort straat, 1080, Molenbeek, BXL Temporary solution to protect water pump, built from a pallet, some decoration tape and left over planks.
Shopping monument

Shopping monument

Avenue Emile De Mot, Brussels Student prank or post-capitalist consumer society critique ? Sculptures by Thomas Vinçotte are more often targeted by interventionists actions,such as his sculpture of Leopold II. This sculpture of a Horse taming boy is less obvious in its connection to representing Belgiums colonial history.
Bells galore

Bells galore

Rotterdam straat, 1080 BXL
Darth cake

Darth cake

Edible Star Wars tribute. Cheers. Bakery @ Jubelfeestlaan, 1080, Brussels
Dyson art

Dyson art

Hand dryer installation in the mens room at the Cinquantenaire Museum for Art and History, Bxl
Mailbox pipe

Mailbox pipe

19 Avenue Paul Deschanel, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode No better place to pass a tube then through an already existing hole. Picture by Michel Cleempoel
Frost shadow

Frost shadow

Parc Maximilian, bxl
Don’t hit your head protection

Don’t hit your head protection

Brulabo, Avenue de Maelbeek 3, 1000 Bruxelles Seen during a visit on the occasion of the heritage days 2016: Cut open tennis balls serving as ‘don’t hit your head protection’, mounted at the ends of a cast iron staircase.
Black light

Black light

Sint-Gilliskerkstraat, 1060 Saint-Gilles Street light painted black in order not to intrude in private space. This is a second version of the wooden street light blocker: http://westenberg.constantvzw.org/?p=1069 And one has to admit: it is effective, the light is not reaching the apartment windows on the left at all.
Molenbeek Gateway

Molenbeek Gateway

Jonction Opzichterstraat and Rue Victor Jacobs, 1080, Brussels. Since several years, this large terrain vague in between Rue Vandenbogaerde and the Rue de l’Intendant, that is destined to be redeveloped is fenced off from the street.
Luminous green

Luminous green

Pavement in front of Palais de Justice. Greens flourish in moist protected warm underground shelters. Not sure if those lamps are still working.
Garbage routines

Garbage routines

Bins in Brussels metro stations are closed for ‘security’ reasons. Temporarily , transparent bags are available for all your waste, but they do not allow for collecting separately plastic, paper and rest materials. In metro station Kunst-Wet / Arts-Loi, many people still respect the separation of waste by neatly piling up on top of the […]
Cat house collected pictures

Cat house collected pictures

Found back the original photo’s of a cardboard shelter for street cats developing over time. They were separately posted in the category Cat houses I post them here in their full resolution for the sake of my archive. First picture is taken in 2003, the last one November 2004.