Marieke (statue)

Marieke is a 1988 statue in Bruges, designed by Jef Claerhout. It is a homage to Jacques Brel's famous song "Marieke".[1][2][3]


The statue was built at the request of journalist and Brel fan Johan Anthierens. It was revealed in 23 July 1988 by mayor Frank Van Acker.[4][5][6]

On 1 February 2012 the statue was clothed with knitted sleeves by anonymous pranksters.[7]


The statue is located at the Coupure in Bruges. It depicts a young woman, Marieke, who lived "between the towers of Bruges and Ghent" according to Brel's song of the same name.[8][9]


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