Las Vegas, known for its casinos, bright lights, and famous Strip, will now charm visitors with a new downtown fascination. This new attraction will be a working replica statue of the historic and whimsical Manneken Pis.
The D Las Vegas hotel and casino will now bring visitors to downtown Las Vegas with its own version of Manneken Pis. On September 1, the six-foot-tall, 500-pound statue was unveiled in a spectacular ceremony and is now a part of downtown Las Vegas and Fremont St.
Translated into English, Manneken Pis means “little man pee.” The original two-foot bronze statue depicts a young boy urinating into a fountain. The statue dates back to the 1600s and can still be visited in Brussels, Belgium. However, the real meaning behind the artwork remains a mystery.
In an article published by the Las Vegas Sun, the owner of the D Las Vegas, Derek Stevens, says his Belgium family heritage is the inspiration for bringing the statue downtown. Dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world,” Stevens has always been a fan of the statue and knew at some point he wanted the Manneken Pis part of the D Las Vegas experience.
One working replica in Toyko and another in Rio De Janeiro are the only two officially recognized versions of the statue. Having signed a 100-year contract, the statue on the property of the D Las Vegas will be the third.
As reported by Fox 5 Vegas, the Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman, was on hand for the unveiling.
“This is going to be the most visited statue in all of Nevada…maybe in the West Coast.”
Derek Stevens is thrilled about the growth of downtown Las Vegas and the potential new visitors his casino resort will bring.
“I’m loving downtown Las Vegas and seeing all the growth. I’m lucky to participate in it. We have the new ballroom at The D and other renovations planned, along with the transformation of the Las Vegas Club we’ve bought.”
Just like the Elvis hologram previously reported by the Inquisitr, this Las Vegas attraction is sure to get some attention. Undoubtedly, downtown Las Vegas will see countless visitors taking selfies in front of the statue as well as others with a fascination with public nudity. Regardless, all those involved feel the statue is a welcome addition to Las Vegas.
The D Las Vegas is a newly renovated casino hotel featuring 638 rooms and suites along with a 42,000-square-foot, two-level casino. It is located in downtown Las Vegas on the eastern end of Fremont St. where the old Fitzgerald’s used to be.
The replica statue, more than twice the size of the original, has been placed in the main valet area of the D Las Vegas off Fremont St. The real Manneken Pis, having been stolen and retrieved seven times throughout history, is now safely housed in the Grand Palace of Brussels, where it is visited by thousands of tourists annually.
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