April 06, 2013

Patrick Gerola

I have no idea whether you, readers, are familiar with the most known of all Brussels' symbols? Manneken Pis is a famous landmark, a rather small fountain sculpture representing a naked boy urinating. It was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in  the earlie 1600's. There are as many stories and legends about the little guy as you can imagine and if interested, you can have fun with them here:
A few months ago I met, in an art gallery at the Belgian coast, Patrick Gérola and his Japanese wife and singer Tomomi Hida. Patrick has made Manneken Pis his specialty. Patrick was born in Brussels in 1959, where he studied and graduated from the Academy of fine Arts.  He left Brussels to go live and work in Japan in 1983 but returned - temporarily, he told me- after what happened in Fukushima.