Mechelen postcards

I loved the idea of making something about Mechelen, a city which I’ve loved ever since we moved here in 2015. I’ve added some pictures here of the places represented in the postcards. The postcards are for sale at a local shop in Mechelen, Vertelles in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw street.

The first card represents the Grand Market and the tower of Saint Rombuld’s Cathedral. The story goes that the people of Mechelen thought the tower was one fire so they rushed to put it out. Turned out there was nothing wrong and it was just the moon light behind the tower. That’s why the people of Mechelen are still called Maneblussers (firemen of the moon).

The second one is a big yellow statue/playground between the cathedral and the academy of arts. It’s called Opsinjoorke and refers to a legend of an abusive husband. The neighbours took revenge by throwing him up in the air with a bed sheet. This is repeated yearly by throwing and cathing a doll with a sheet.

The third card shows the map of the city center and all its water ways.