In 1979 the company Vorwerk & Co donated a fountain for the town hall square in Barmen, today's Johannes-Rau-Platz, to mark the 50th anniversary of the city's foundation. After a competition in cooperation with the city, the decision was made in favor of the design by Bert Gerresheim, a sculptor from Düsseldorf. He then created his fountain, which depicted the Wupper valley and its history. It was inaugurated on July 21, 1981.Objects from the textile industry shape the fountain, water gushes out of the bleaching shovels, a spindle lies there and on the “floor” there are cloths on which reliefs depict the history of the valley. The fountain is a fascinating object which, if you don't pass it carelessly, can discover all sorts of details of the valley.26 reliefs and 700 individual depictions make the fountain an experience and a feast for the eyes. The Schulze von Elberfeld, Elias Eller, Friedrich Engels, Kaiser Wilhelm II., The suspension railway, the Laurentius Church, the plague, the yarn food, revolution, World War II and much more can be discovered. Vorwerk & Co. published a brochure to explain the various motifs.In front of the fountain, one of the edge plates is inscribed:
"‘ The valley of the Wupper ’
The reliefs point to historical ones
Events of the city's history.
The citizens of the city on the occasion of the
50th anniversary of the city in 1979
Vorwerk & Co 1981 ”Source: denkmal-wuppertal.de/2011/08/brunnen-das-tal-der-wupper.html
July 3, 2021
At this point / I would like to quickly / say something about the source
(whereby it corresponds to the art of poetry / if this 'source' is a 'well'):
To quote the incomparable humorist Heinz Erhardt (1909 - 1979), who was known to a wide audience for his word jokes and "Noch'n poem", with a short quatrain:
"There is certainly much beauty in
on the element, the wet.
Because you can drink the water.
But you can - also leave it."
May 11, 2022
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