The bust that was unveiled on Monday morning is situated just on the de Theuxplein in the Brussels municipality of Etterbeek, a few dozen metres from the house in which he was born 102 years ago.
The municipal authorities in Etterbeek commissioned the bust to honour “their” artist. The bust has been made by the Belgian sculptor Nat Neujean. The Mayor of Etterbeek Vincent De Wolf (Francophone liberal) told VRT Radio 2 that “Hergé is a world star that was born here. Hergé’s family is here at the unveiling and they chose Nat Neujean’s to do the work.
They are also very pleased with the result”. The municipal authorities plan to turn the area around the de Theuxplein in a “Hergé District” A number of streets in the area in which the man that created Tintin grew up will be given the name of some of the best-known characters that he created such as Bianca Castafiore and Captain Haddock.