Thursday, December 31, 2009

the Éléphant Congolais ...

the Éléphant Congolais (1935)
by Albéric Collin (1886-1962)
... being ridden by three Africans ...
... was exhibited in Antwerp for
the World Fair 1935 in Brussels
...
... sponsored by Côte d'Or chocolate ...
... since 1938 showing visitors the way to
the Royal Museum of Central Africa
in Tervuren ...

by confectionery cotedor.facts
... Translated from French, Côte d'Or means Gold Coast....

The emblem of Côte d'Or is the elephant,
a symbol which again echoes the African origin
of the cocoa beans that make Côte d'Or,
and one source claims that they were used
to haul the sacks of cocoa beans.
source: en.wikipedia.org

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tervuren ...

... The Royal Museum of Central Africa ...

'You can buy my heart and my soul' (2006)
by Andries Botha
(°1952, Durban, South-Afrika) ...

'Ungayithenga inhlizyo nomongo wami'
The former portion of the title is in Zulu and translates
into English as
'You can buy my heart and my soul'
by andriesbotha.net - official website
MORE ON THE TITLE
"In African mythology the elephant reincarnates carrying the soul
of a murdered God. It is thus the embodiment of
the transmigration of souls.
It is also the metaphor for the world's preoccupation
with Africa as an exotic location.
The elephant thus embodies the world's romanticism
with Africa. In part it is the Colonial panacea:
wildness can be contained, civilised and taken back
to the ballrooms of the First World as a trophy."
Andries Botha


... persona ... (EN-FR-NL)
by africamuseum.be
... ritual masks and contempory art expo ...

"The Congo, I presume.
Congo-Tervuren 1897-1997"

by Tom Frantzen ... (EN-NL-FR)
... the sculptor's official website ...

... throwing snowballs ...


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Firefighters ...

source image: het journaal

... a reconnaissance helicopter ...

source image: GVA
... Black smoke from the blaze could be seen
from kilometers in all directions ...

source image: het journaal
... firefighters battling a fire in the burning
abandoned warehouse on the property,

and trying to protect the houses
in the neighbourhood ...


source image: GVA

... a dramatic view as seen from my backyard,
the firefighters are allowing
the abandoned
warehouse to burn in a controlled manner
...

source image: het journaal
... Edegem firefighters in action ...

Firefighter ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... The history of organized combating of structural fires
dates back at least to Ancient Egypt ...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Haasrode ...

'Luistertuin / the 'Listening Garden' (1978)
by Toon Vanmechelen
... reflection centre 'de Bremberg' ...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Heverlee Wood #1...

... map Heverlee Wood, Meerdaal Forest
and Egenhoven Wood ...

... Saint-Teresa chapel -
architect: Paul Stevens ...
... the chapel was built after a miraculous healing
of Arthur Evrard, a boy from Nodebais, and
was consecrated by Mgr. Ladeuze, rector of the
University of Leuven/Louvain, on July 1st, 1930 ..

source: bierbeek.be

Saint Teresa of Ávila, ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... also called Saint Teresa of Jesus,
was a prominent Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun,
and writer of the Counter Reformation ...


... traces in the snow ...

... Warande Ecoduct (wildlife crossing point) ...
wildlife crossing ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... reconnect habitats, allowing animals to cross roads safely.

... Weertse Dreef - direction St Joris Weert ...

...a car crash in Weertse Dreef ...

... the perfect Christmas tree ...

... more traces in the snow ...

... border marker on the Naamsesteenweg,
a paved road to Namur
set up in 1754,
under the Austrian rule ...


The green Lung of Leuven
... (EN)
by leuven.be
... Together with nearby Meerdaal forest Heverlee wood represents
a clear environmental and scenic beacon to the south of the city ...

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