Kettwig, located directly on the Ruhr, is today one of the southern districts of the city of Essen. The community Kettwig belonged until 1800 to the imperial abbey Werden. From 1800 to 1975 Kettwig was an independent city in the district of Mettmann with about 20,000 inhabitants. On January 1, 1975, the previously belonging to the district of Dusseldorf Kettwig was incorporated into the city of Essen; the westernmost Kettwig district Mintard fell to Mülheim an der Ruhr. Other parts went to Heiligenhaus and Ratingen.
January 17, 2017
The Kettwig old town is almost directly on the river Ruhr.
In Kettwig one does not feel like being in the Ruhr area, but rather in an old town. Thus, Kettwig is a nice destination for a day trip for people who need a change from a big city. The beautiful nature around Essen-Kettwig is a good and popular hiking area in the middle of the Ruhr area.
In the picturesque, car-free old town you will find the typical half-timbered houses and narrow streets with cobblestones. The most beautiful area is around the Protestant church and around the Tuchmacherplatz.
The Tuchmacherplatz is the center of the old town of Kettwig. In the past, clothmakers' trade was an important industry in Kettwig.
October 8, 2018
The wild boar is part of the fairy tale fountain "The brave little tailor". The fountain is by Carl Emanuel Wolff and was installed in 2008.
More information: essener-ruhrperlen.de/kettwig/skulpturenpark-in-kettwig/skulptur-der-marchenbrunnen-das-tapfere-schneiderlein
March 26, 2020
skulpturenpark-kettwig.deConcise, mythological, humorous: "Fish married" thematizes the connection between Kettwig and its river and lake.Miriam Gießler and Hubert Sandmann want to create a luminous object: a blue cube, illuminated from the inside, on which two metallic fish strive upwards, holding a ring, also illuminated, in the air.The planned location for “Fish Weddings” is the bridgehead on the right at the southern end of the Ruhr Bridge: “It screams for a striking eye-catcher!” Inspired by the proximity to the water, two fish dance on a turquoise cube that is illuminated by LEDs like the ring.The reference to the Ruhr is obvious, also to myths and legends in which rings disappear and reappear, the Nibelungen legend, the Lord of the Rings. Rings are a symbol of connectedness, of unity.The object is to be around 4.6 meters high and have a basic size of 2 by 1.7 meters. The cube is an aluminum frame with acrylic glass panes in front, the fish made of stainless steel, the ring made of Plexiglas.
October 15, 2020
skulpturenpark-kettwig.deSculpture: "Weber Fountain"
Artist: Wolfgang Liesen
Material: bronze, sandstone
Location: Tuchmacherplatz in Ruhrstrasse, KettwigIn 1992 the sculpture "Weber Fountain" on Tuchmacherplatz was a defining feature of Kettwig. Wolfgang Liesen is reminiscent of Kettwig's long weaving tradition from the 15th century to 1975.For the 100th anniversary of the Heimat- und Verkehrsverein Kettwig e.V., the industrialist Arnhard Scheidt donated this bronze sculpture. The Scheidt family controlled the Kettwig cloth making from 1681 to 1975.Wolfgang Liesen designed the fountain as a symbol of a loom in which the continuously running water threads stand for the warp threads. If you reach into it, that's the "shot". The fountain itself is simply set in sandstone.Twelve bronze spindles, which can be found in hidden places in the historic old town, complete the total work of art "Weber fountain", which excellently takes up the dimensions of the square and relates to the dimensions of the surrounding houses.The system was created in 1992 with donations from Kettwig citizens and aid from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the city of Essen.
October 15, 2020
skulpturenpark-kettwig.deSculpture: Cercle de vie - cycle of life
Artist: Jems Robert Koko Bi
Material: wood, reinforcement iron
set up: 2006
Location: Essen-Kettwig, Ruhrstraße 71 (private property in front of the "Alte Apotheke")The African artist Jems Robert Koko Bi worked on ancient oak beams, which were no longer needed for the roof structure conversion of the "Alte Apotheke" building, together with old railway sleepers and put them together to create a new "life cycle". Rings made of reinforcing iron connect the beams to one another.The three-meter-high wooden sculpture stands on the corner of a stone wall in front of the “old pharmacy”. The proximity to the centuries-old half-timbered houses and the opportunity to see the group of sculptures from the church stairs have a very special appeal, according to Dieter Krause (+) and Toshi Krause-Tanaka in 2006.
October 15, 2020
Sculpture: The fairy tale fountain "The brave little tailor"
Artist: Carl Emanuel Wolff
Location: Hauptstraße at the corner of Schulstraße, Kettwig
The group of sculptures consists of the wild boar at the fountain and the figure of the little tailor sitting on a column between trees a few meters away. The sculptures amaze with the unusual view of the tailor, who looks at the wild boar from a safe height.
The artist did not create an illustration for the fairy tale. Instead, he chose two motifs and freely combined them.
The scene between the little tailor and the pig is a snapshot of a dramatic situation: the wild boar has recorded the weather of the person chasing him. It's angry and aggressive. How blind it runs around the well and doesn't know where the pursuer is.
The tailor sits above him at tree height. He is safe
brought and is just before his goal to catch the wild boar. In return the king promised him his daughter. He sits very still, crouched, and thinks about how to outsmart the boar.
Neither of them know what will happen in the next few minutes. There is a tremendous tension between the two, which the viewer may understand.
October 15, 2020
“... I can only recommend a visit to this small town. There are really many neat houses to discover ... "
You can find more information about the beautiful sights at: netreisetagebuch.de/essen-kettwig-sehenswuerdheiten
May 4, 2021
skulpturenpark-kettwig.deSculpture: "the visible and the invisible"
Artist: Herbert Lungwitz
Material: tubular steel and sheet metal
Location: Road to the Old Ferry, southern bank of the reservoirHerbert Lungwitz welded the steel sculpture in 1966 from sheet metal from former coal chutes and the pipes from a disused colliery. The figure weighs approx. 500 kg and has a radius of 3.3 m. Coal was mined in Kettwig until 1966. The coal slides refer to the visible; the tubes symbolize strands of life and energy. They point from the past into an uncertain future. In 1992, shortly before his death, Herbert Lungwitz donated the figure to the Kettwig Sculpture Park. It was restored by the sponsor of the sculpture park, Hans Grimberg, and set up at the reservoir.
October 15, 2020
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