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.
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.
Loui Sushi

Loui Sushi

Loui Sushi, Brusselbaan 102c, Brussels 1600. The name of this sushi restaurant made me think of a story by Louis Sassoie about how merchants on the flee market on Place du Jeu de Balle used to be known only by a nickname, usually consisting of their first name and something related to their trade. Having […]
Sturdy upgrade

Sturdy upgrade

Be careful while parking, this orange cone is re-enforced with a steel rod and base. Avenue Fonsny
Breath of air

Breath of air

cone + chain

cone + chain

Hovenierstraat, 1080 Molenbeek Bxssl Garage Privé, parking reserved
Pavers rearranged

Pavers rearranged

Rue de Merode, 1060, Saint-Gilles Stack of pavement tiles reordered into temporary skateboard object. Note the bridge in the middle.
Ça pousse bien ! ..

Ça pousse bien ! ..

Rue de Liverpool, 1070 Anderlecht .. as someone shouted when seeing me taking this picture. 🙂
Un/re/writing the real

Un/re/writing the real

In the evening of 22 mars, many people gathered on the Beursplein in Brussels to write messages with multicolored crayons, expressing grief and solidarity with the people who suffered from the terrorist attacks that happened earlier that day.
My place

My place

Reserve your parking spot with two traffic cones. Use screws nails and bolts to make sure they are firmly attached to the pavement. 1000 Brussels
Numericollage

Numericollage

Some DIY house numbers from my neighborhood.
All together now

All together now

Here are some images of improvised repairs, alterations to covers of coal cellars that are no longer in use. Some quite decorative ones such as the one above, others are more pragmatic. The basements that were used back in the days to stock coals in general now serve some other function. It used to be […]
Don’t piss on my mailbox

Don’t piss on my mailbox

Quai du commerce, 1000 Bxssls I suppose most guys would interpret this stainless steel triangle as a desperate sign to please not pee in that corner, but apart from blocking completely the lower letterbox, what does the triangle actually do ? Technically speaking it is still very possible to pee in that corner I guess […]
Arabe refresh

Arabe refresh

This image looks a lot like the previous ones in this series, (this one and this one) but attentive inspection shows that the writing is new. On the right, next to the E, you can still distinguish traces of the previous E. The monument stands in full sunlight, so even permanent marker ink fades easily. […]
Steen Pierre Rock

Steen Pierre Rock

Cantersteen 3, 1000 Brussels This warning sign that surrounds a construction site just behind the central station in Brussels, warns in French for falling stones. The dutch translation ‘Risico van Rock vallen’ is of an interesting out of this world delirious level of surreal badness … How does one come up with this crazy stuff […]
Hands of(f) Congo

Hands of(f) Congo

If one of these days you’re visiting the statue of former Belgian king Leopold II on his horse at Trône / Troon you will see that it is tainted by red paint. Leopold II privately controlled the colony of Congo Freestate between 1885 and 1903. The paint is a trace of a counter-demonstration against the […]
Truck truck

Truck truck

Boulevard Anspach, 1000 Bxsl View from café El Metteko, Brussels center, on thursday 3 december. The soldiers in these trucks must be either very prepared and ready to drive off in any direction, or cold, bored, and trying to create a common space were they can be together. Or who knows .. maybe both at […]
Crate shield

Crate shield

Scheldestraat, 1080 BXSL Shields for basement windows made from plastic crates. Perfect fit, widely available, keeps out trash, lets through air.
I am blackout

I am blackout

Place de la Monnaie, 1000 BXSL Jewelry chain ‘I am’ closed its shop that was situated on the Munt square. To celebrate this fact the shop’s sign was temporarily transformed to an urban art piece. Back to black.
Liberal semantics

Liberal semantics

Boudewijnlaan, 1000 BXSL Unemployed people need to fill out a stamp card (stempelkaart / carte de pointage) to indicate whether they worked, were unemployed, or were on a holiday. The liberal Union helps its members and employees to understand the difference between a square metal box for depositing documents from a square metal box to […]
Women and children first

Women and children first

Rue de Rempart des moines, 1000 BXL
From shit scraper to rain pipe

From shit scraper to rain pipe

. Many 19th + early 20 century houses in Brussels have a small space at foot level next to the main entrance. It is where the so called ‘shit-scraper’ used to be installed: a metal bar that you can use to scrape off the soles of your shoes, before entering the house. Having become obsolete, […]
Hollow symmetry

Hollow symmetry

Rue d’Andenne, 1060 Saint-Gilles
City park grave

City park grave

There are many homeless people in Brussels. Since two years one guy lived in a small tent right in the middle of the park on the Quai à la Houille, next to a very popular children’s playground. A photo of the tent in 2014 can be seen on Google maps. He died recently. The place […]
Skywalkers cross here

Skywalkers cross here

Avenue Antoine Depage, 1050 Ixelles, Bruxelles
Komechezsoi

Komechezsoi

Comme Chez Soi is one of Brussels best known restaurants. This snack on the Boulevard Baudouin is paying tribute with a funky deviation of that name.
Sheep maintenance

Sheep maintenance

La Ferme du Parc Maximilien, Quai du Batelage 2, 1000 bxl A sight you don’t encounter everyday in a city: this sheep needs medical attention and is being held by its caretaker. The poor animal seems to be paralised in a calm state of anxiety. Three very worried cohabitants observe the alarming scene on their […]
Swathed lamppost

Swathed lamppost

Rue Pierre-Victor Jacobs, Molenbeek,Brussels Fresh bandages for this broken lamppost. It was needed see it’s previous state: http://westenberg.constantvzw.org/?p=1771
Bed gate extension

Bed gate extension

Two notable additions to the gate around the claimed space in Rue Vanbogaerde: An added side bar connects the two sides: it’s beginning to become a fenced of mini garden. Also: new obstacle are added to prevent cars from parking into the gate. Previous posts about the bed gate are here: http://westenberg.constantvzw.org/?p=1860
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