The Hellenic history and culture is popular and it has still an influence on today’s artistic and cultural initiatives. With its impressive mythology and emblematic gods, Greece plays an inspirational role for artists all over the world.
Brussels is one of the cities where several “Greek corners” can be found and the main neighbourhood is the European Quarter. It is not a coincidence: our continent owes indeed its name to Greek mythology. Europa was a princess kidnapped by Zeus who, in order to go unnoticed, took on the appearance of a bull. The bull representing Europa has been a symbol extensively used throughout the history of art. Sculptor de Pas, in order to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the birth of Europe, decided to create a sculpture made up of a skeleton of copper and steel tubes, covered with bronze plates, portraying Europa riding the bull.