Bathing Ladies In ‘t Zand Square Fountain – Bruges, Belgium
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 51° 12.290 E 003° 13.069
31U E 515216 N 5672625
Quick Description: These nude female figures form one of four groups of figurative sculptures surrounding a large fountain in the middle of the square.
Location: West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Date Posted: 10/5/2012 12:06:29 PM
Waymark Code: WMFE5G
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
‘t Zand is the largest public square in Bruges. It is situated where the old railway station used to be. It is used as an open air market at weekends and as a venue as an open air concert site.

In the middle of the square is thie large fountain with 4 separate sculptures by the husband and wife sculptors Stefaan De Puydt and Livia Canestraro.

This sculpture of 4 ladies bathing in the fountain represents the main Flemish Cities of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Kortrijk. Three of the ladies have for some reason birds on their head.

Next to one of the females is a dog. I cannot find any direct reference to this, but there is a herding breed of dog known as Bouvier des Flandres and also a novel called A Dog of Flanders partly set in Antwerp. The dog in the sculpture may represent either of these, but the Bouvier des Flandres is a much hairier dog than depicted in the sculpture.

These cities lie in the West Flanders region of Belgium. Next to the sculpture is a poem dedicated to this area written by Rene De Cleroc.
DE VIER VLAAMS STEDEN

DAAR IS MAAR EEN LAND, DAT MIJN LAND KAN ZIZN.
DAAR RUKT NIET DE RHONE, DAAR STROOMT NIET DE RIJN.
DAAR VLOEIT MAAR DE LEYE EN DE SCHELD’ DIE BRANDT.
DAAR IS MAAR EEN VLAANDEREN, ‘T IS MIJN LAND!

RENE DE CLEROC

This translates roughly as
THE FOUR FLEMISH CITIES

THERE IS ONLY ONE COUNTRY THAT MY COUNTRY CAN BE.
IT DOES NOT HAVE THE RIVER RHONE NOR THE RIVER RHINE.
IT ONLY HAS THE RIVER LYE AND SCHELDT.
THERE IS ONLY ONE FLANDERS IT IS MY COUNTRY!

Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: The Bathing Ladies

Figure Type: Combination of two figure types

Artist Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Stefaan De Puydt and Livia Canestraro

Date created or placed or use 'Unknown' if not known: 1/1/1985

Materials used: Bronze

Location: ‘t Zand Square

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