Everyone knows the "David" of Michelangelo but Aarschot has its own version of the image in the form of the ‘self-Portrait’ of the artist Wilfried's Cock. In 2002 he made it as a showcase for his first exhibition. It was given a place behind the black gate of the Gasthuiskapel. Normally he stands with his face and his pelvis is prominent in the image to the Gasthuisstraat but regularly turn unknowns the image.
“Is because some passers-by do not want that the penis is visible”, I have to say is aloud. “What will the artist say of this?”
“I think it's all great,” beams artist Wilfried's Cock. “Who is the image flipped, I don't know. I do, in any case, not itself. The people find in it what they want. Then I hear: he is back again with his hole, to the city or he looks at the cultural centre, The guest house is within. Fact is that the image, after all that time, still alive. Was there a naked woman stood, it had never been a success.”
“There is still a taboo about a naked man,” says the artist. “And often it's the men themselves who are the most shocked. Men are prudish. Women have much less problems with it. How much should I ask to get to the nude photos of then (laughs). And yes, I still have a whole collection.”
Or it is not difficult to make the picture move? “No, it weighs eighty kilos”, he adds. “The base is heavier than the image itself. I also put wheels under mounted because the image had to be able to drive off. So it is no great feat to run it. The image has me at the time was a serious factor cost: eur 7,500. I was thrilled that I for 8,000 euros work had sold at my first exhibition, while I like almost as much as my ‘self-Portrait’ had paid for it.”
What to do with the image? “It is, in any case, in the course of the year restored,” he says. “It is now for years in wind and weather, and it is time that the re-addressed. However, I would like the rotate the image is retained. I think it's something that occasionally suddenly reversed.”