Discovering and photographing the unknown beauty of Europe
In February 1981, Marvin Gaye arrived in Ostend by ferry from London. One of the first things he must have seen upon arrival is the beautiful monument at the Zeeheldenplein (“Sea Heroes Square”). This square gives access to the Klein Strand (little beach) and to one of the piers. This beach is quite popular with the tourists, whereas the local population rather goes to the larger beach which is situated a couple of hundred meters further away.
Anyway, the monument itself was erected in 1953 in the middle of the square and honors all the fishermen of Ostend. It is also on this spot that in the 18th century the first lighthouse of Ostend was built.
At this moment, the square is being renovated and it was only possible to take some pictures of the monument from a distance. Hence, the limited quantity – and quality – of the pictures!