Manneken-Pis has long been particularly cherished by Brussels residents. Considered as one of their own, he has always been associated with celebrations in the city, during which he wears a costume. Brussels residents see themselves reflected in the little tyke, making him a symbol of their personality, which they want to be seen as mischievous and irreverent. As such, it comes as no surprise that Manneken-Pis is sometimes the standard-bearer for eccentric humour or the spokesperson for the mood of Brussels residents.
It has been copied, imitated, reproduced and reinterpreted. Beginning in the 1950s and 1960s, products bearing the statue’s likeness proliferated. More recently, artists have appropriated this symbol for themselves, imbuing it with personal interpretations.