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Narrenbrunnen in Kleve
This fountain, designed by Anette Mürdter, is located in the Kleiner Markt square in Kleve, Germany. Obviously, this panorama could not be possible during the summer, when the water spits from the mouths of some of the figures. The fountain depicts the leaders of a “carnival society”, represented by the 7 bronze heads (king and 6 council members), 5 of them are water spiting. The heights of the heads on the 5 granite pillars (not all visible on the pano) represent the hierarchy of the depicted individuals. On the other hand, the uniform height of the pillars reflects the commonality of the participating members. In addition to the 5 core granite pillars, there are 3 additional sets of granite stones in the surrounding for people to sit on. The fountain was set as a remembering on joining of a “carnival society” with the counts of Kleve, occurred more than 600 years ago, on this very place.
Copyright: Zoran Trost
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10784x5392
Taken: 07/03/2013
Uploaded: 13/03/2013


Tags: fountain; anette; mürdter; kleiner; markt; square; kleve; spits; figures; carnival; society; bronze; council; water; spiting; granite; pillars; hierarchy
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