After a short hiking trip in the mountains around Millstatt Lake (Millstättersee) I came across this sculpture showing Domitian throwing an idol into the lake. There is a legend that the name of Millstatt origins from one thousand statues (mille statuae) of pagan gods and goddesses thrown by Domitian into the lake.
According to a legend Domitian of Caratania throw 1.000 pagan sculptures into Millstatt Lake. I guess people of Millstatt would love to get them back. Especially along the lake there are a lot of modern sculptures often created by artists who stayed in Millstatt for a while.
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.
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.
Fun head with hat seen at a building near Caffé Contarena in Udine, Italy.
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‘.