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Meet the bronze beloved pet to a family of famous peeing statues.
Zinneke Pis was installed on the corner of Rue des Chartreux and Rue du Vieux Marché aux grains in 1998. The creator of the dog modelled the statue after his own pet. He also lives in the
As part of the Frankfurt art initiative Komische Kunst (Funny Art), the artwork is installed in an old maple tree. A plaque near the tree reads (translated from German): “For 300 years I was pissed at, starting today I piss back.” Just walking towards it, the tree looks very innocent, but once you get closer, there it is: the passerby is hit by a stream of “pee.” Most people, after recovering from the shock, find it quite funny.
After it was relocated to the Louvre in the 1600s, a replica was installed, which included the addition of the stag heads and stern-looking dogs. Getting the dogs to continually urinate was a significant feat of hydraulic engineering. Because of how bronze tends to age when exposed to the elements, the hounds and their counterparts have turned green.
Patrick Delaney, Managing Partner
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