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    Smurfs fresco at Brussels central station collapses

    The Smurfs fresco before it crumbled. Credit: Belga

    A Smurfs fresco at Brussels Central Station collapsed on Tuesday night due to a water leak.

    The cartoon drawing is on the ceiling of the passageway under the Hilton Hotel at the Carrefour de l’Europe towards the Grand-Place.

    “Sadly, this morning the recent Smurfs fresco at the Central Station partially collapsed due to water infiltration”, tweeted Urban Renewal alderman Arnaud Pinxteren. “The City of Brussels teams are doing everything possible, after securing the premises, to restore Peyo’s drawings to their former glory as quickly as possible”, he added.

    No one was injured when the structure fell to the ground, but the damage caused to the fresco is significant.

    The mural fresco representing a village populated by 76 Smurfs was inaugurated on 19 June 2018 in the presence of Véronique Clifford, daughter of the Brussels-born cartoonist, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Smurfs. It is the 54th stop on the City of Brussels’ “comic strip trail.”

    The Brussels Times