To the delight of both local residents and passers-by Thorgal and his wife Aaricia now watch over Place Anneessens.
Thorgal, famous Viking hero and brainchild of Jean Van Hamme and Grzegorz Rosinski, is the latest addition to Brussels’ comic strip trail. It is in fact the 49th cartoon mural of the route initiated in 1996 and dotted throughout Brussels-Capital Region.
The cartoon mural depicts Thorgal with his wife Aaricia and overlooks Place Anneessens at the corner of the square and rue de la Caserne. Hidden behind his shell of mighty warrior Thorgal is committed to justice and freedom and very much aspires to a peaceful life with his beloved wife. Born in 1977 from the encounter between Jean Van Hamme and Grzegorz Rosinski, he features in the first comic book resulting from the collaboration between a graphic artist from the “Eastern Bloc” and a writer from the “Free World” within the context of the Cold War. He also shows if need be that art is able to transcend apparently insurmountable barriers.
The project was entrusted to Urbana Project, a collective of Brussels artists led by Nicolas Moreel.