North of the park named after Luxembourgish politician and industrialist Auguste Laval, you’ll find yourself in the village-like centre of Weimerskirch. Look out here for the relief on the façade of Weimerskirch’s cultural centre, Um Duerf.
This bronze bas-relief, De Lakert (The Rag-and-Bone Man), by artist Myriam R. Schmit depicts a typical historical local figure: a rag-and-bone man with a basket and a cart pulled by two dogs. From the Middle Ages and up until the 19th century, many of the inhabitants of Luxembourg’s suburbs were rag-and-bone men, peddlers, knife grinders, tinkers, showmen and musicians by trade. As early as 1514, these tradesmen had organised themselves into communities between Pfaffenthal and Weimerskirch.
These small traders communicated with each other in their own language, Yenish. In the 19th century, there were at times up to 184 Lakerten or Yenish families living in Weimerskirch. During Luxembourg’s industrial revolution, many of these people, who were living in poverty, found work in the nearby ironworks, ore mines and factories.