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Brussels Plagued by NSFW Street Art

Over the past few weeks, highly NSFW street art has popped up across Brussels, courtesy of an anonymous street artist or graffiti collective.

A mystery street artist's alteration to an old factory sign (photo by @debochavic/Instagram)
A mystery street artist’s alteration to an old factory sign (photo by @debochavic/Instagram)

Over the past few weeks, some very visible, highly NSFW street art has popped up across Brussels, courtesy of an anonymous street artist or graffiti collective. A flaccid, nearly 20-inch tall phallus is currently plastered on the side of a four-story building in the Saint-Gilles district; a woman masturbates in one full-frontal piece, neglecting her view of Place Stéphanie; and an iconic advertisement for the home appliance company Zanussi on St. Catherine Square received a paint job so it now reads “ANUS.” A graphic close-up of the act of penetration, too, has appeared along the Rue des Poissonniers for all to gaze upon.

Mural of a phallus near La Barrière de Saint-Gilles (photo by @pazpradenas/Instagram)
Mural of a phallus near La Barrière de Saint-Gilles (photo by @pazpradenas/Instagram) (click to enlarge)

Locals have suspected the explicit works are the creations of Vincent Glowinski, better known as Bonom, a street artist who has for over a decade planted similar black-and-white murals across the city. The radio network RTBF investigated the claims, however, and reached out to Bonom, who told them, “It’s not me, of course, and I do not want to be involved in this story!”

Many of these magnificent murals still remain, although likely not for long. Whether or not it receives a washing, the “ANUS” wall is slated to fall as construction is ongoing to build new apartments on that lot. City authorities have actually decided to allow the detail of coitus to stay, as Le Soir reported, but they have dictated that the penis — which looks pretty gloomy in black-and-white — will no longer be able to hang out in public. An online petition, naturally, has emerged to sauvez le penis (“save the penis,” if you missed that), and has received nearly 2,700 signatures. You have two weeks to sign it before the phallus disappears, a period within which we may probably expect to see more large-scale, sexual organs pop up around the region.

The Brussels penis sightseeing tour

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h/t The Daily Dot

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