Manneken Pis or The Subversion of a Water Pipe
For subscribers

Manneken Pis or The Subversion of a Water Pipe

(Geert van Istendael) The Low Countries – 2017, №25, pp. 142-149

This is an article from our print archives

The symbol of Brussels is a naked little lad pissing in public.The pissing child would become the hero of many a tale. The stories even refer to times long before the first statue existed. In fact this is really a tale of water pipes... Manneken Pis stands for the lightly satirical attitude with which the people of Brussels greet any form of authority. He may appear to be hidden away in a corner of an unprepossessing side street, but the entire world comes to see him. A pissing toddler in a corner of the European capital – I cannot imagine a better remedy for Europe’s conceitedness.

Continue reading?

The article you want to access is behind a paywall. You can purchase this article or subscribe to access all the low countries articles.



Sign in

Register or sign in to read or purchase an article.


You are visiting this website through a public account.
This allows you to read all articles, but not buy any products.

Important to know

When you subscribe, you give permission for an automatic re-subscription. You can stop this at any time by contacting