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Unusual sculpture

Don't trip over this cute couple lying "in" the pavement Except it really is quite a sad folklore... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandra S
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Picturesque

A really nice statue, cleverly worked into the paving right outside the cathedral. Being there at... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
TheLush101
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2019

This statue has a story behind it with many locals not knowing the provenance of where it started.
My understanding is that it is reference to characters in a book by a Japanese writer, the story is very popular in South Korea and Japan, which is why you will see many tourists from this area taking photographs. In short it is about a homeless boy and his dog living in Antwerp who plan to go to visit the Cathedral but due to having no money they go to sleep under a blanket and both die from exposure. It’s worth a look if nothing else to compare the modern art against the Cathedral backdrop.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 1, 2019

We were pleasantly surprised to see the little boy and his faithful dog just lying there, sleeping peacefully, right outside the big Cathedral. It is the very touching story of pride and unconditional friendship; that of a little boy, Nello and his abandoned street dog, Patrasche, whom the boy has befriended, who go to this place every day so they can admire the artworks of the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens, in the Cathedral. Over time and after a series of misfortunes the boy and his dog die. This is their burial place, covered with a blanket of cobblestones, beautifully and masterfully arranged on the ground, outside the Cathedral.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed December 31, 2018 via mobile

The Memorial statue is in front of the Cathedral, easy to find and the works were finished. If you’ll visit during the morning, the place is not so crowded and you can admire it.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018

Literally a very large smooth statue of a boy and his dog sleeping under a cobblestone blanket literally dwarfed me in size.

It's crafted after a British story called "A Dog of Flanders" by Marie Louise de la Ramée. She wrote the story after witnessing child labour and animal abuse in Belgium. The story is supposed to have happened in the Antwerp sub-city Hoboken.

Not many people in in Flanders nor Antwerp/Hoboken knew the story until it was noticed that many people (really busses full) came looking for the statue as the story is extremely popular in Japan.

One of those unexpected moments.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank chickandbeast
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Reviewed October 4, 2018

The statue is ok but the surrounded area I do not feel nice how the stones surrounded the statue are, doesn’t show gratitude to the Japanese from which they got the statue and made the connection between Hoboken and Antwerp
Also most guides in Antwerp do not know the exact story about it , would advice to Antwerp city that they let read the original English novel are at least see the Japanese cartoon so they understand the story before they explain it to the visitors

Date of experience: October 2018
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