Architect and artist duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh recently created a new work made of reinforcing steel situated in the open landscape of , the region that inspired painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. It is said that Bruegel travelled several times from Brussels to the countryside to sketch views of this typical Flemish landscape. The Church of Saint Anne or the Watermill at Sint-Gertrudis-Pede, among others, are said to feature in the paintings and engravings of the Old Master. Another recurring element is the Flemish post mill, which can be seen in for instance The Procession to Calvary from 1564.
Brussels, the EU capital, is seeing a new surge in corona-infections after expats returned home from other member states after Christmas holidays. "In the past two weeks, we have had some 50,000 travellers returning from red zones," a government spokesman told the VRT broadcaster Monday. The expat-heavy Brussels districts of Etterbeek, Ixelles, and Woluwe-Saint-Pierre saw the steepest rises, amid a 62 percent jump between 31 December and 6 January.