During the period of industrial development, the Realism artistic movement began out of dissatisfaction with the economic situation and the way in which people were turning into capitalists’ tools. Louis Paul Boon expressed in words what Valerius de Saedeleer expressed in his paintings. And before they came on the scene, Adolf Daens was known for his socio-political involvement. Aalst honours the memory of these historic figures. There is a statue of Van Daens near the Administrative pearl of the city and both Boon and De Saedeleer have been immortalised in bronze. The books of the world-famous writer Boon can be relived along the cycling and walking routes. The tourist information office in Aalst can suggest wonderful routes and activities.