In yesterday’s post we got a glimpse of a wonderful fountain. It is located in a tiny town square in the centre of the German town of Isselburg-Anholt, located about two kilometres (or less) over the Dutch border. It was difficult to get photographs of this one, many of the angles may look a little strange, part of the reaon is that I was attempting to crop out a constant stream of children who were playing on it for half the time I was trying to get photographs. It’s a fountain that is modern in some aspects and old in others, and it fits perfectly with the surrounding architecture.
January 23, 2017
September 19, 2016
Whilst visiting Trier last summer we came across a fountain that was also a work of art in it’s own right.
It’s as much a statue as it is a fountain.
There is a central figure on top of the main column, clearly meant to be Saint Peter, because there is a large key hanging by his side.
There is then a row of cherubs lining the top tier, then the fountain beneath with the faces of putti spouting the water.
Beneath that there are female figures in various poses, and small lions that spout the second tier of water out of their mouths.
These lions are so small and dare I say it, slightly “un-lion-like” that I first mistook them for dogs, but once I figured out that they had manes, and took a second look I decided that they looked more like lions the more I looked.
There are various small busts and fruit decorations below the lions and also around the base of the fountain and a perfusion of gold leaf highlights means that all of the decoration sparkles in the sunlight.
The fountain itself is larger than you first think, and the main focal points of it stand mostly above head-height, plus there is the added obstacle of the ironwork fence around it so getting photographs is harder than it first looks.
I had an additional camera chip that had many more photographs of the cherubs and all of the details but somehow managed to mislay it, so these are the photographs from the end of another chip that I managed not to loose.
I am sure that many of the aspects of this fountain have been made with a specific meaning behind them, but I could not find any further information, and people were sitting on the seats at various points around the base so it wasn’t possible to see if there was a name or information plaque.
It’s a very unusual juxtaposition of figures, I’m trying to work out how the ladies at the bottom for in with the Saint (?) at the top, and where the cherubs fit into this already busy picture.
Still, this is a very distinctive and beautiful piece of sculpture and it definitely brightened my day to make it’s acquaintance.
November 6, 2015
Following my post of yesterday, Himself and I enjoyed a meal at “El Toro” in Kranenburg, Germany just a few kilometers over the Dutch border from the city of Nijmegen.
We first discovered the place via friends the night before my operation but liked the food so much that we went back whenever we were in the area for subsequent treatment and check-ups.
The first time we visited, it was winter, dark and cold and I think that the fountain in the little square next to the restaurant had maybe been turned off for the winter months, so I completely missed seeing it. During our spring and summer visits however we noticed it and it posed an interesting thought: surely a large statue/fountain that looks reasonably new, located directly next to a popular restaurant called “El Toro” (The Bull) can not simply be a co-incidence?
The fountain and bull statue looks to have a very Spanish influence too, so which came first? the Bull restaurant or the bull fountain? I forgot to ask but assume that the restaurant had become such a focal point in the town that the fountain is in some way a tribute to their contribution? The fountain definitely looks newer… Then again maybe the area outside belongs to the restaurant and they decided to add a fountain that would double as an advertisement for their establishment? Who knows?It’s an interesting mystery. Since I love architectural design, fountains and strong architecture, this fountain pleases me on it’s own… strong and beautiful… what’s not to like?
May 4, 2014
Who wouldn’t like having the chance to win something?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have an unexpected surprise gift come though the post?
The floral brightness of the Keukenhof and the coming of Spring has inspired me to run a competition.
To be in to win all you have to do is to tell me which of my recent posts has been your favourite and why, and in doing so your name will be in the hat as my possible winner.
I will draw a winner on 11th May and one lucky reader will be the recipient of a little goodie bag from Kiwidutch.
The Keukenhof is full of features that compliment the floral displays: large statues such as the stylised figure on horseback or the stylised figures , various artworks some more serious than others.
Two of the more serious statues are wooden carvings of the composers Brahms and Chopin, one that is taken less seriously is of a seated bare chested lady where I had to wait for a large batch of Russian men to finish taking photographs of themselves handling her considerable “assets”. The more traditional features of the Keukenhof are things like the large windmill that offers a wide view of the exhibition on one side and of the bulb fields outside the exhibition on the other, or the set of traditional bells in the style still seen outside some Dutch churches. Most of all I like the fountains, and the water features like the ponds and mini rills that reflect the flowers and the sky…nature on display, and beautiful.
December 18, 2013
In this page of my travel diary documenting our 2012 summer adventures, we are in the small Luxembourg town of Mersch and have stopped at the local tourist information centre to stretch our legs and find out some information about the area.
As detailed in yesterday’s post the Tourist Information Centre certainly stands out, because it’s a beautiful little tower in the large town square.
Our Singaporean friend “Velvetine” and I are busy taking photographs of the tower when she said to me “don’t look now, but there’s a dragon in the corner!”
Of course I laughed because she must have been joking but no, there really was a dragon in the corner! Luckily it’s no fire-breathing monster taking time out of a fairy tale, but a decorative fountain, and since we both love quirky things we waste no time going over to investigate. It’s a fountain of three parts, the dragon has three base sections of it’s “body”that each have water pools in them that cascade out all on the same side, first each into it’s own shallow pool on the ground: this pool is full of bubbles from the turbulence of the water and it entices adult and child alike to dip their fingers into the frothy water, from there things get more sedate as a small exit groove in the cobbles guides the water from each of the three lower pools into one central drain a short distance away.
Interestingly the dragon also appears to be a commemoration of something too… it’s decorated with eleven coats of arms, which I assume are significant in the local area.
Some of them have easy origins to figure out: castles, shields, crosses, crowns, etc but the one that looks like a hill with three holes in it (did they like golf?)
…or the three birds that first look like they have no breaks (or feet), or the semi Volcan two fingered sign or the chain/gate/grill, “thingy”, they were a mysteries all to themselves. Any guesses out there to what that grid one might be at all?
My best guess was a medieval BBQ grill for the boar in the lower half of the shield. And that instead of being the shield of a nobleman I imagine it to be the one of the local poacher, the fingers being a polite version of the two fingered salute to authority as he nicked the local porkers from the gentry. Of course that’s highly unlikely but… you already know I have a warped sense of humour. I love things like this… beautiful, commemorative (even if I don’t know for what) , funny, functional and quirky too… and totally unexpected in a little conservative looking Luxembourg town… nd yet another example of the surprises you discover when you stop in little places and take a look around…