Statue to be erected in Audrey Hepburn’s honour in Ixelles
A statue of Audrey Hepburn will be installed in Rue Keyenveld in Ixelles. This is no coincidence as the actress was born here in 1929. The date of the statue's installation is still unknown.
Audrey Hepburn, who shot to fame in films such as Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady, spent the first nine years of her childhood in Brussels. From Ixelles, the family subsequently moved to Saint-Gilles and then to Linkebeek. Hepburn would continue to speak Dutch throughout her life, because of her childhood in Brussels, but also because her mother was Dutch and she lived in Arnhem during World War II.
The statue that will be erected in Ixelles already exists and is currently located in Tolochenaz, Switzerland, where Hepburn died in 1993. The commune of Ixelles will install the statue on the corner of Rue Keyenveld and Rue de l'Arbre Bénit, on the site of the former Solvay plant. Currently works are ongoing onsite to transform the old factory buildings into residences and a care home.