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New mural honouring frontline care workers unveiled in Brussels

The new mural on the CPAS building in Brussels (© Eric Danhier/Visit.Brussels)
09:45 08/10/2020

A new mural in honour of the care workers and hospital staff on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic has appeared in the Marolles district of Brussels.

The 22m long and six-metre-wide painting, designed by the art collective 7e Gauche in collaboration with the City of Brussels, the Visit.Brussels tourism office, and the Saint-Pierre University Hospital, adorns the side of the Public Centre for Social Welfare (CPAS) building on the Rue de l'Abricotier.

The colourful tribute shows frontline workers looking at and supporting each other, honouring those who have had to put their own health at risk to save others while constantly adapting and reinventing themselves within an evolving pandemic.

“This fresco is a sign of our times and testifies to what goes on in a neighbourhood, a city, a country,” said Philippe Leroy, general manager of the Saint-Pierre University Hospital. “After all, it is a symbol of the beauty which can arise in difficult times: solidarity.”

“Street art is an accessible form of art and expression, which through its presence on the street invites everyone to remember the remarkable work of these people,” said Delphine Houba, alderwoman for culture, tourism and major events for the City of Brussels.

Normally there would be an official inauguration for the mural, but under the current restrictions it has been postponed. There will be an official commemorative ceremony with staff from CPAS and the Saint-Pierre University Hospital at a later date.

Written by Nick Amies