Kyiv schoolgirl Kseniya Zbyshko went on vacation to Antwerp in June 2017 and was greatly inspired by the city, where the art of past and present were successfully combined. It was there that she had the idea to make Chat Pis in the likeness of Petit Julien, the Jeanneke Pis, and the Chien Pis and present it to Belgium.
The girl wrote letters with her proposal to the Royal Court of Belgium, Her Majesty Queen Matilda and the City Hall of Brussels. The 11-year-old from Kyiv later received a reply from the Royal Chancellery of Belgium and the leadership of Brussels. It said that Brussels is very happy with such a proposal and it is under consideration, and a special commission should decide soon whether the city should accept as a gift a 15-kilogram statue of a cat from a Ukrainian.
Now Kseniya received the final answer. In the letter, the Brussels City Hall thanked the Ukrainian girl for her interest in the city, its architecture and desire to improve it with her creations.
"To guide the choice of works of art and artists, the City of Brussels set up a reflection unit in 1996, called Comité d'art urban (translating to 'Urban Art Committee'), which brings together about ten people with expertise in the field of installing works of art in public spaces: art professors, heads of cultural institutions, artists, designers, architects/landscape designers. For the members of the Committee, a work of art should be thought out and designed in function of the location it will be placed. Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that your proposal was not retained by the Comité d'art urban. We nevertheless want to thank you for this beautiful initiative and for all the interest you take in the City of Brussels and its herutage. We sincerely wish you the best in the successful pursuit of your artistic education," the letter reads.
Kseniya herself promised not to stop here, and to work in the field of architecture further and to send new works.
Kyiv schoolgirl Kseniya Zbyshko sent a letter to Her Majesty Mathilde, the Queen of Belgium and Ukraine's Charge d'Affaires a.i. in Belgium and Luxembourg Oleksandr Sorochyk asking to accept as a gift a sculpture of the Chat Pis, which she made with her own hands.
Kseniya Zbyshko went on vacation to Antwerp in June 2017 and was greatly inspired by the city, where the art of past and present were successfully combined. It was there that she had the idea to make Chat Pis in the likeness of Petit Julien, the Jeanneke Pis, and the Chien Pis and present it. She created a 15-kg Pissing Cat and sent a letter to the Royal Family of Belgium asking them to accept the gift and install another statue in Brussels.