Addicted to shoes? SONS is a special museum in Belgium dedicated to footwear. It is the product of Dirk Vanderschueren, owner of Cortina, one of the world’s largest shoe manufacturers. Shoes Or No Shoes boasts having William ‘Boy’ Habraken’s ethnographic collection of 2700 pairs of shoes originating from 155 countries.
So this is Edible Anus, which apparently has been around since 2004 and claims to be ‘the anus that made Britain great’ and ‘changing the world, one crack at a time’. A limited edition crystal glass anus edition is available for sale on its website, too. Classy.
The national botanical garden in Brussels, Belgium is home to the Titan Arum, better known as the corpse flower. This rare 8-foot-tall plant has only flowered three times since 2008, and it only blooms for three days. What’s even more interesting than its rarity is its smell, which strongly resembles the stench of a decomposing […]
Bright and intense colours, originality, sensuality and innocence characterize the work of this young photographer. Liesje Reyskens is a graduate of the Media and Design Academy KHLIM in Genk, Belgium. A contemporary photographer with an international and modern style, she aims for a naive, fairy-tale look in her images and she often does the make-up […]
I love this super modern apartment building in Antwerp. Known as Woning Moereels, the building was converted from an outdated water tower by the Belgian architect, Jo Crepain. The structure is semi-translucent and literally glows. The building is like a monumental lantern to the rest of the landscape. I would love to live in something like this.
Foals recently dropped by Studio Brussel in Belgium, where they performed a mellow version of their second single My Number. The band is currently embarking on a world tour in support of their third studio album, Holy Fire, released in February.
This church by architect Gijs Van Vaerenbergh appears to be completely transparent. When the light hits it at just the right angel, the Belgian church seems to be glowing and completely other-worldly. It is constructed using over 30 tons of steel and 2000 columns, meaning that contrary to it’s appearance, the structure is extremely solid. The […]
Haha, only in Belgium will you find the Sleeping Around hotel with, well, not a roving eye, but is roving nevertheless. Made from recycled shipping containers, the four-room hotel constantly pops up at new locations, aided by cranes that lift them onto a truck bed and transport them to the next ground of call. The […]
As part of the recent Ghent Light Festival – held in Belgium for four days – a cathedral-like light installation was erected. Containing 55,000 LED lights, the wooden structure stood grandly at 28m and was reminiscent of Roman and Renaissance architecture. We think it fit the theme of happiness perfectly and it was even eco-friendly […]
I first heard this Belgian choir on the TV show, Sons of Anarchy: their haunting harmonies backed a tragic scene is Season Three’s Ireland-based tale. A few YouTube searches later, I was hooked. Their covers of favorites like Radiohead’s Creep are bested by their originals. I don’t spend much time listening to choirs, but they’ve […]
I’ve always liked street art because it has a lot of power over people and the city. Since I spend most of the day browsing, I discovered Doel, a ghost-town in Belgium. It’s a graffiti heaven where squatters have found paradise. If you take your time and look at all the houses, you would think it’s a cartoon town. The place is in a continuous transformation, where deserted houses become pieces of a major art project.
With over 34 million views on YouTube in less than a month, this video has become a huge success. To launch the high quality TV channel, TNT, in Belgium, they placed a big red push button on an average Flemish square of an average Flemish town. A sign with the text «Push to add drama» invited […]
Filip Dujardin is fine art and architectural photographer based in Belgium. Dujardin’s Fictions is a series of fictional structures created using a digital collaging technique from photographs of real buildings in and around Ghent, Belgium. Some of his architectural creations are structurally impossible or implausible. Some of the most intriguing buildings seem perfectly ordinary at first glance, revealing their fictional nature as the viewer registers missing or incongruous details.
Waking up at 4am, I took a plane, two trains and a bus to a rainy field in Belgium. I passed the day drinking beer and staring at the numerous stalls selling only spring rolls- for some reason either a giant one or eight mini ones qualify as a meal. The day wore on and the rain came-quickly followed by some misgivings. Was it worth coming all this distance to see Radiohead in a bleak grey field? I tried to push these thoughts aside with a giant spring roll, but it didn’t work.