Memorial

Bocq River Goddess St Gilles Hôtel de Ville

Sculpture: Bocq River Goddess

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Original inscription:

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St Gilles began receiving water from the Bocq in 1896. The commune, wishing to celebrate this achievement, commissioned Lambeaux who planned a complex, rocky, multi-figure monument, but there were problems with its size and placement such that Lambeaux finally created only this statue. However the statue was deemed indecent (she certainly has a joyful voluptuousness one doesn't often find in memorials of this date) and languished in a cellar until May 1976 when she was finally installed (times had changed), at the site originally planned for the whole monument. Credit for these details to the Derom book mentioned on our New Visitors page.

Site: St Gilles Hôtel de Ville (5 memorials)

1060, pl M Van Meenen, St Gilles Hôtel de Ville

These five memorials are all at the front of the building (north face). In left-to-right sequence they are: Vanmeenen, WW1 (A-L), Goddess, WW1(L-Z), WW2.

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Subjects commemorated

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River Bocq water supply

The Bocq is a small river in the Ardennes, flowing into the Meuse, with its s...

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Maurice Vanmeenen

Inaugurated 31 October 1920.

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St Gilles War Memorial WW1 (A-L)

St Gilles commune to our glorious people who died for our country, 1914 - 191...

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St Gilles War Memorial WW1 (L-Z)

St Gilles commune to our glorious people who died for our country, 1914 - 191...

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St Gilles WW2 plaque

St Gilles commune to our glorious people who died for our country, 1940 - 1945

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