I was fortunate enough to visit Leuven artist ‘BISSER’S’ self organised expo ‘Lieve’ a show consisting of six pieces of exquisite work and a giant mural in the garden. All the exhibits have a story to tell about Leuven and a couple with a twist on the Leuven dialect.
Through the gallery window The sculpture Fons Sapientiae – "the source of wisdom" – is the work of sculptor Jef Claerhout.
Fonsie is shown with a book in one hand and a glass in the other, the contents of which – some say it's wisdom, some say it's beer – he pours into his head, at the time academics didn’t like the idea of beer being poured into the students head and settled for the wisdom option, ‘BISSER’ has gone back to the beer option with his paper masche sculpture.
Fiere Margriet, is a story of folk law, the teenage maid was attacked by thieves who tried to rape her, she fought back but they cut her throat and threw her in the river Dijle, the legend says she was carried by fish against the current, a moment of serenity as described by a monk.
‘BISSER’ has replaced the fish with litter thrown into the Dijle particularly the bikes that are thrown in by the thousands of students that inhabit the city.
Stadhuis Stadhuis, the Town Hall is an absolutely huge canvas that is still in progress but its outstanding and hopefully will takes its place in the city for all to see for the near future.
The star is a twist on the word ‘Stella’ as in ‘Stella Artois’ who have their home in Leuven.
Stella Artois-Star Funny enough the next piece represents the city’s love for beer, they even have their own beer ‘Cara pils” which i was informed is “cheaper than water”
Leuven loves beer The beautiful blue painting is simple a twist on the name of a street Blauwputgang ‘street in a blue hole’ Blauput'
Another treat was the sketch books, there is so much it will need to be in a separate blog post but here are just a few.