This sculpture of a hand is a prominent feature of the Meir -Antwerp's main shopping street- and is very popular with kids and people who need a recognizable place to meet. The hand refers to a legend that gave the city its name. It is said that a giant once blocked the river Scheldt to all ships unless they paid a hefty toll. A Roman centurion called Brabo didn't take kindly to this extortion scheme. He challenged the giant, defeated him, chopped off a hand and threw in the river. In Dutch "˜hand' is the same thing whereas "˜throwing' is translated as "˜werpen'. Hence, "˜hand-werpen' or "˜Antwerpen'. Alas, the reality is a little more prosaic, but we'll get back to you on that.