These sculptures refer to a highly acclaimed children’s series on German television named ‘Die Sendung mit der Maus‘ (‘The program with the mouse’). In these series the mouse talked in a very fun way about topics such as ‘How to make electricity from lemons, enough to light a light bulb’.
‘Please take a seat but be careful don’t fall asleep!’ This sculpture named Little Sandman (Sandmännchen) refers to a German children’s bedtime television programme using stop motion animation. It happens to be that both parts of Germany, East and West, had broadcasted such a series with slightly different figures.
May I introduce you to Bernd das Brot (Bernd the Bread), a cult figure of the German children’s television channel Ki.KA. As the Ki.KA is based in Erfurt you can see several famous children’s stars like the Sandman or the Mouse.
This sculpture named Versunkener Riese (Sunken Giant) was created by the German sculptor Walter Sachs. It is located at the Frauenplan, a square generally known for being the address of one of Goethe’s homes.
The location of this monument in a foggy area near the lea of the Saale River is obviously a good choice for representing a famous poem written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: ‘Erlkönig‘. It was created by Otto Späte in 1891 and is placed at the road between Wenigenjena and Kunitz.
The Wittelsbach Fountain (Wittelsbacher Brunnen) attracted my attention by a sculpture of an angel wearing a Tyrolean hat. The fountain was created by Jacob Bradl. Three angels represents those three rivers Passau is known for: Danube, Inn, Ilz. E.g. the small Tyrolean guy represents the Inn river.
Memories! Years ago I used to play chess with local people right on this board depicted above. I am glad to see, the public chess board is still in use. By the way the man on the sphere is a sculpture created by Stephan Balkenhol. The official name is ‘Sphaera‘, but people just call it ‘Mozartkugel‘.
Salzburg is a very traditional city. Even though you can see a lot of contemporary art in the streets. E.g. these ‘Gherkins’ created by the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. Personally I like this piece of public art as the gherkins seems to have some personality. By the way the monument in the background is dedicated to Friedrich Schiller. I wonder if he has ever thought to write about gherkins?