The famous Peeing Boy sculpture, considered to be one of the recognizable symbols of Brussels, is dressed in a historic costume of the Russian Guard.
The costume was donated to the authorities by the Russian Ambassador to Belgium Alexander Tokovinin during a solemn ceremony at the City Hall. According to the diplomat, the boy had already been dressed in a cosmonaut suit. “Now I have the honor to pass on a suit created based on the uniform of an officer of the Imperial Guard,” the ambassador said.
Traditionally, the bronze fountain sculpture, which is only 60 centimeters high, is occasionally dressed up in various costumes to celebrate festivals or any important events for the country and the world. The main color scheme of the transmitted costume for the “boy” is the color of the sea wave. The outfit reflects the basic details of the historical costume of the Russian Imperial Guard, including the triangle hat, uniform, breeches, and cuffs.
The costume will later become part of the permanent exhibition of the Musée de Bruxelles, where a special hall holds all the outfits donated to the city from various countries. But the Association of Friends of the Peeing Boy suggested wearing the Russian outfit every year on June 12 to celebrate Russia Day.