The Wild Man Fountain (Wilder-Mann-Brunnen) has existed since the beginning of the 17th century on different fish markets in Salzburg. Water basins helped to keep the fish fresh. The fountain got its name from the sculpture, symbolizing male power and the bond with nature. [German]
The Salzburg city coat of arms recalls that this fountain was commissioned by the local citizens. Today it stands near the Furtwänglerpark opposite the Great Festival Hall (Großes Festspielhaus). Personally, I love the idea to see this wild man as a counterpoint to all the high-class culture which is offered nearby.
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- Wilder-Mann-Brunnen (BDA.gv.at)