Recreations of the famed pissing baby can be found in gardens and fountains all over the world. The appeal of a naked little boy draining the snake can not be underestimated apparently. Like the little boy and the little girl, the pup was created life-size, but unlike its masters, the Zinneke Pis is not actually a pissing fountain, it is simply a bronze statue.
Upon arrival in Brussels one of the first attractions you are shown is the Manneken Pis little pee man in Flemish. The peeing boy is a small bronze fountain statue from the 17th century that is tall just 61cm 24 inches. Many great legends bring this little statue to life in the hearts of visitors, and the question is why was this statue erected?
Brussels' energy technician points at the Manneken-pis landmark statue. Brussels' famous landmark, the Manneken-Pis, is an insouciant celebration of going with the flow -- but even carefree little boys can go too far. City authorities recently discovered that a fault in the year-old statue's plumbing was causing him to pee away 2.
One of 3 of the pissing statues. Stumbled upon it looking for the Zinneke. Unlike the other 2 its locked behind bars. Not really worth a stop.
InLouis XV of France even had to reprimand a group of his grenadiers who thought it was funny to steal the Manneken but unintentionally almost provoked a riot. The last kidnapping dates back toupon which a replica was made and placed on the fountain. The tradition to dress up the toddler in costumes for special occasions dates back to at least the 18th century when a rotation of four outfits a year was customary.
One of the most iconic symbols of Brussels is not a majestic bridge or a tower or a cathedral, but a tiny statue of a little boy happily pissing in public. But not many of them are aware that the little boy is not alone - he has a family, consisting of a sister and a dog, and they all seem to suffer from the same problem of relieving themselves in public. The famous statue is located at the junction of two streets, close to Grand Place.
Quite Harry Potter-ish is the first legend. He had relieved himself on her front door, so she decided to transform him into a stone statue. Fortunately, a good old man appeared with a statue similar to the little boy.
By Chris Dyer For Mailonline. A famous statue of a boy peeing into a fountain in Brussels has finally become environmentally friendly after centuries of pouring clean water down the drain. As much as 1, to 2, litres of drinking water a day - enough for around ten households - has been wasted by the 'peeing boy' statue, an expert has claimed. Energy technician, Regis Callens, spotted the potential waste after installing a water meter in the small bronze monument.
Manneken Pis has been a public fountain, a mascot and the hero of many incredible tales. He has received gifts from lords and kings and has been abducted and saved several times. There are many fables that surround his origins; some are believable, while others are downright bizarre.
The Peeing Boy sent as much as 2, liters of fresh drinking water directly down the drain each day. Better known as the Peeing Boy, the small bronze statue has been in place since the early 17th century. The statue of the cherubic boy answering the call of nature stands near the Grand Place in the medieval heart of the Belgian capital and is a famed tourist sight with people from around the world flocking to pose for pictures with it.