Europa - Brussels, Belgium
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 50° 50.342 E 004° 22.509
31U E 596825 N 5632825
Quick Description: This sculpture is located at the European Parliament complex in Brussels.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date Posted: 7/14/2013 2:05:58 PM
Waymark Code: WMHJ14
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 7

Long Description:
This bronze 1993 sculpture called "Europe" depicts a woman holding the letter "E" in the form we have come to know as the symbol for the Euro currency. The heads of a man and woman are seen below her in an unspecific wave.
Although there is no information at the site about the piece, an online search reveals that the artist is Belgian sculptor May Claerhout. And the artist's webpage (visit link) reveals that the woman is intended to represent the Goddess Europa after which the continent is named.
"Europa, according to the legends the goddess that was kidnapped by Zeus in bull-shsape, after whom we named our continent, is of course depicted as a woman.

A woman who is litarelly carried by an emerging spiral of men and women. Recognizable at first, who gradually morfs into a dynamic mass.

A woman supporting her one hand on this mass and at the same time also being a part of it..

High above everyones head in her right hand she holds the European "E" which is both the symbol of the Euro aswell as a sign of the unity and the interwoven connection of all the European People and Nations."

Wikipedia (visit link) adds:

"In Greek mythology Europa (Greek ????p? Eur?pe) was a Phoenician woman of high lineage, from whom the name of the continent Europe has ultimately been taken. The story of her abduction by Zeus in the form of a white bull was a Cretan story; as Kerényi points out "most of the love-stories concerning Zeus originated from more ancient tales describing his marriages with goddesses. This can especially be said of the story of Europa".

Europa's earliest literary reference is in the Iliad, which is commonly dated to the 8th century BCE. Another early reference to her is in a fragment of the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women, discovered at Oxyrhynchus.[4] The earliest vase-painting securely identifiable as Europa, dates from mid-7th century BCE."
Associated Religion(s): Greek

Statue Location: at the European Parliament complex

Entrance Fee: 0

Artist: May Claerhout

Website: [Web Link]

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