Het Zinneke

Coordinates: 50°50′56″N 4°20′44″E / 50.848772°N 4.345585°E / 50.848772; 4.345585
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Het Zinneke
Location within Brussels
ArtistTom Frantzen
Year1998 (1998)
LocationCity of Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Coordinates50°50′56″N 4°20′44″E / 50.848772°N 4.345585°E / 50.848772; 4.345585

Het Zinneke (Brusselian dialect for "the mutt"), sometimes called Zinneke Pis by analogy with Manneken Pis, is a bronze sculpture in central Brussels, Belgium, erected in 1998.[1] Created by Tom Frantzen, it represents a urinating dog, along the same lines as Manneken Pis (a boy) and its derivative Jeanneke Pis (a girl).[2][3] It is an example of folk humour (zwanze) popular in Brussels.[4]

Het Zinneke is located at the junction of the Rue des Chartreux/Kartuizersstraat and the Rue du Vieux-Marché-aux-Grains/Oude Graanmarkt in the City of Brussels, not far from the Halles Saint-Géry/Sint-Gorikshallen, a former covered market, and one of the trendiest districts of the capital.


Zinneke is a nickname chosen to represent people from Brussels.[citation needed] The word means "mutt" or "bastard" in Brusselian dialect, and originally referred to the city's stray dogs that hung around the streets by the Lesser Senne (a tangent canal of the river Senne, which circumnavigated Brussels along the city walls) until the end of the 19th century.[5]

The sculpture was created in 1998 by the artist Tom Frantzen, also known for other public statues in Brussels, such as the Vaartkapoen (1985) on the Place Sainctelette/Sainctelettesquare in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean,[6] Madame Chapeau (2000) on the Rue du Midi/Zuidstraat,[7] and L'Envol (2017) on the Place de la Vieille Halle aux Blés/Oud Korenhuisplein.[8][9] It is a nod to the landmark sculpture Manneken Pis, in place since 1619, and its female counterpart Jeanneke Pis, installed in 1987. It is, however, not associated with a fountain.

On 1 August 2015, Het Zinneke was struck by a car, and its two legs were broken. During its restoration by the sculptor, an explanatory note was attached on site. On 24 September 2015, the sculpture was reinstalled in its original place.[10][11][12]

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  1. ^ "Zinneke Pis". Brusselspictures.com. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Street". Tomfrantzen.be. Archived from the original on 2 May 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  3. ^ "В Брюсселе похищена Писающая собака". Korrespondent.net. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  4. ^ "ZWANZE : Définition de ZWANZE". www.cnrtl.fr (in French). Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Peeing statues". Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Le Vaartkapoen – Molenbeek-Saint-Jean | BE-monumen". be-monumen.be (in French). 1 April 2020. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Madame Chapeau – Bruxelles | BE-monumen". be-monumen.be (in French). 27 April 2020. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Statue of Jacques Brel at the Place de la Vieille Halle aux Blés". www.brussels.be. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  9. ^ "Jacques Brel Statue". visit.brussels. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  10. ^ ligne, Rédaction en. "Le Zinneke Pis a disparu". La Libre.be (in French). Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Bruxelles: le "Zinneke Pis" n'urine plus dans le centre". Le Soir (in French). Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  12. ^ "Restoration Note".

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