Bruxelles: Ville de Contraste~

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Brussels is a city of contrasts. Classical architecture and modern sculpture share the same streets. Consider this outdoor piece for example. What do you make of it?
(Warning: parental guidance, this post contains graphic depiction of the nude human form).
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Nearby is The Palace of Justice, the largest building constructed in the 19th century, at 260,000 square feet.
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It contains Belgium’s highest court and is considered an example of “Assyro-Babylonian” architecture.

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Leaving this impressive building, one walks down the street approaching the police department, where this person is on display on the street in a store window.
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It took me some time to figure out if this was a living person. I thought I saw her blink when taking the photo and was disquieted by the drain in the corner giving the piece a surreal, exposed, autopsy feeling. I wanted to give the woman a blanket as it was cold. Some children came upon this at the same time as I and they seemed very quiet. Turns out it’s a bronze by an artist named John de Andrea who seems to make a life study of “realistic” naked women. Interesting dude……Interesting city of contrasts.
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There are fascinating rooftops.
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Over the top gilded royal palaces.
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And remember, it is Belgium, so you are always guaranteed fabulous chocolate!
Cheers to you from mind, and waist, expanding Bruxelles!

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