When traveling I am always intrigued by the statues and fountains I stumble onto. It’s through these that we learn more about the people or causes that are important to the citizens and sometimes the government.
While discovering the city of Rostock Germany, I was struck by a few interesting fountains and one statue.
Maybe not surprising, this very modern sculpture garners a lot of controversial attention! The gods circling the sculpture – Neptune, Triton, Nereus and Proteus – are hard to recognize and cast a gloomy aura to the square. The people who don’t like this sculpture think this gloomy feeling is in contrast to the traditional setting and felt a sculpture keeping with the style of the square would have been more suitable. What do you think?
Strolling along the pedestrian street you come to this unique fountain sitting in front of the University. Titled “The Joy of Life”, this is a monument to the rebirth of Rostock after World War II. I feel the artist was able to capture a fun feeling and I did enjoy the quirky nature of the art. Locally it is known as the “Porn Fountain”. What do you think Fun or Porn?
Also near the University is a statue honoring one of Germany’s heroes, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. Sitting under the trees you will find General Blücher who was a Napoleonic era Prussian General that was born in Rostock. His crowning achievement was defeating Napoleon at Waterloo which was also the reason this statue survived the occupation! The Russians hated Napoleon so also had some respect for General Blücher.
Yes to Germans he was a great man but upon hearing his name, Blücher, the sound of neighing horses kept running through my head. Anyone remember Frau Blücher?
What fountains or statues have impressed you?
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Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to the wonderful people at the Rostock Tourist Bureau! To learn more about Germany off the Beaten Path, please visit the Historic Highlights of Germany website.