World at a Glance: Hot kitty in Brussels

2016-05-13T12:33:58+00:0021 March 2014|Art and architecture, Belgium, Cats of the world|

cat on a bike in Brussels

When I began a sporadic little series Cats of the World a few years ago, this hot pink spandex cat on a bike in Brussels is not the type of cat I had in mind.

Cats are indeed photogenic creatures, and so is this kitty. No surprise, really, that this kitty is indeed in Brussels, a city of comics, if ever there was one. On my last visit in January, I was lucky to stumble upon Brussels Ice Magic during its last few days in town. Also, as I adore TinTin, I wandered about one night to see all the fabulous street art honouring Hervé’s intrepid young journalist. Loads had popped up since my last visit.

This kitty was simply a bonus one late night on the way to A la mort subite. Seems I can’t ever be in Brussels without being dragged along persuaded to stop by this ubiquitous watering hole. Kitty is just a few metres away, at the back entrance of the wonderful Galeries Royales. Had I a ‘weird and wonderful’-series here on Sophie’s World she would fit perfectly.

Though I keep calling her Kitty, her actual name is La Cycliste. She was created by French artist Alain Séchas, made of fiber polyester and metal, and cost the city of Brussels a whopping 100 000 euros, but probably worth the investment as a tourist photo op. In the artist’s own words:

A cat goes well with people and a bike goes well with the city.

Other slightly sarcastic works by Séchas can be seen in various cities around the world.

World at a Glance is a series of short articles here on Sophie’s World, with a single photo, portraying curious, evocative, happy, sad or wondrous, unexpected little encounters.

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  1. Lisa Goodmurphy 21 March 2014 at 2322 - Reply

    Kitty is awesome! I thought at first glance that she must be a character from a Belgian comic – didn’t realize it was an art installation! I would definitely stop to pose with her!!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 March 2014 at 1611 - Reply

      She is truly awesome. 🙂

  2. Mette 22 March 2014 at 1301 - Reply

    I haven’t been to Brussels for the last couple of years, so that for keeping my impressions of the city up to date:)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 March 2014 at 1612 - Reply

      Quite a few changes the last few years, but comfortingly, much is the same, too.

  3. Muza-chan 24 March 2014 at 0744 - Reply

    Cute 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 March 2014 at 1612 - Reply


  4. Mike 26 March 2014 at 0619 - Reply

    100,000??!! Sorry, but photo op or not that is nuts! That said…I do like La Cycliste a lot. And the fact that there is pub nearby would make it all the more appealing…ha, ha. Btw…huge TinTin fan here too, Sophie 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 1 April 2014 at 2048 - Reply

      Lots of pubs around – with Belgian beer 🙂

  5. MightyTravels 27 March 2014 at 0030 - Reply

    Cats of the world – I had no idea! 🙂

    Btw just followed you on Facebook as well – like your site! Looking forward to connect!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 1 April 2014 at 2146 - Reply

      Thanks for the follow 🙂

  6. Hamish Healys 1 April 2014 at 0934 - Reply

    La Cycliste in Brussells is one of the most imaginative tourist attractions I’ve seen. It’s imaginative and sort of funny at the same time.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 1 April 2014 at 2111 - Reply

      Creative, isn’t it?

  7. Alfredo Begazo 2 April 2014 at 0341 - Reply

    This Cat on a bike is certainly a curious thing and fit with you blog. No red district in Brussels?

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