Ostrich statues in Park Leopold next to the European Parliament

by Vincent
twelve Ostrich sculptures Parc Leopold back of EU Parliament Brussels

A new breed of birds have popped up in Park Leopold at the back of the European Parliament. You’ll notice a herd of twelve ostrich sculptures, five are standing while seven others have their heads in the ground have taken residence over the old unattractive ventilation vents.

Ostrich sculptures at the back of EU Parliament
The ostrich sculptures with half of them with their head buried in the ground can be found at Rue Wiertz 77, Etterbeek, Brussels

Designed by the architectural firm MSA, the project was done in effort to rehabilitation the park’s entrances and is not meant as a political statement around the work of the European Union like many would come to think.

Ostrich sculptures at the back of EU Parliament
Close-up picture of one of the ostrich sculptures made out of concrete

Rather just a reminder that between 1850 and 1900 and on this very location, live ostriches were held when the park was a zoological garden.

Ostrich sculptures at the back of EU Parliament
Ostrich sculptures with the building of the representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union behind
Ostrich sculptures at the back of EU Parliament
Ostrich sculptures at the back of EU Parliament
Most of the ugly ventilation vents are now harder to see due to the rehabilitation plan
Ostrich sculptures at the back of EU Parliament
Ostrich sculptures at the back of EU Parliament
Ostrich sculptures at the back of EU Parliament
Ostriches sculpture with its head buried in the ground just behind the Press Service of the European Parliament

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