Today marks one year since the horrific terror attacks in Brussels
A sculpture, titled Wounded but standing in the face of the unthinkable, will inaugurated at a ceremony attended by Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, as well as some of the survivors and victims’ families.
The Brussels-born sculptor, Jean-Henri Compere, said he wanted his work to reflect what people felt in remembrance of the horrific attack which killed 32 people and injured more than 320.
Describing the sculpture he told the Guardian: “The stainless steel is wounded, crushed [and] when you walk along those marks disappear.
Belgiums' King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attend a memorial mass service
“I want this sculpture to be a reflection of what people feel and the weather will help me to do that. When it rains, it reflects tears.
“When the sun is shining, there is hope and pleasant thoughts about the wounded and those who are not there.”
He continued: "It means we’ve been wounded down to the ground, but we have to stand up and say ‘no’ to those acts that are not believable, that are not bearable.”
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It means we’ve been wounded down to the ground, but we have to stand up and say ‘no’ to those acts
Sculptor Jean-Henri Compere
Mr Compere, who was commission by the Belgian government after winning a competition, said the sculpture could also symbolise two plane wings, or a subway train.
The artwork measures 20 metres long and 2 metres high and is located on the edge of Brussels’ EU quarter.
One year on from the worst violence on Belgian since the world wars, the nation is reportedly still coming to terms with the attacks.
Marking the first anniversary, the day will begin with a ceremony at Brussels airport, where a one-minute silence at 7.58am will mark the moment the first explosion ripped through the departure terminal.
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Brussels public transport authority has announced that Maelbeek metro station is closed until 10.20am in remembrance of when a bomb exploded at 9.11am.
It is reported that instead of a minute silence, the authority has also called on the commuters to join staff in “a minute of noise to show that we have not forgotten but remain standing against hate and terror”.
Speaking about the Brussels attack aftermath, the Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, said that authorities could have done a better job in providing support to some of the victims, amid concern about patchy follow-on care for people with severe, life-changing injuries.
He said: “In a certain number of cases there has not been enough proactivity, individualised follow-up of the victims.”
Commemorative events will also take place in Place de la Bourse in front of the old Brussels stock exchange, scene of a spontaneous memorial in the days after the attacks and memorial services will also he held in cathedrals and churches around the city.