Russian Artist Replaces Pissing Statue With Himself

05.14.13 Kyle Petreycik

Russian artist “Petro Wadkins” has replaced the Mannekin Pis, one of the most beloved and fawned over sculptures in Belgium, for some reason, with a large golden statue of himself. The original  bronze  is a depiction of a small boy peeing into the fountains basin and was installed sometime during the 15th century. It is seen mostly as a tourist attraction, however the artist decided to spice things up a bit, saying that Belgium is “boring” and needed something new.

From the artist’s website:

Let’s face it. Belgium is a boring little country. And Brussels is a boring city. Filled with boring tourists. In the center of Brussels there is a horrible little statue. A small pissing boy. Where the tourists gather. What would happen if we changed the horrible little statue for something beautiful? Like a statue of Petro. Would the tourists even notice? Petro decided to see what’s going to happen if he makes a golden statue of himself  and simply replaces the old and small pissing boy.

After the statue was installed, people stopped to take a few photos to appreciate the prank, however the authorities didn’t have the same reaction as Petro’s golden statue is currently in police custody.

Image: Petro Wadkins)