The Dragon Fountain

I wrote about how my grandparents met as a result of a contact ad in a Newspaper in 1919. The post is called Serially Lost- Part Three.

 I would like to show you a little more about this fountain. It has changed it’s appearance over time, but it is still there today

5-7_dragespringvandet

photo from about 1919

 

It was created by the cooperation of two famous Danish artists of that time Joachim Skovgaard (1856-1933) and Thorvald Bindesbøll (1846-1908).

It was put up in 1904 at the new Town Hall Square with out the water basin around it.

Dragespringvandet julepostkort efter 1908 og før 1923

In 1908 the water basin was added to the enjoyment of the many children in Copenhagen. Removed again in 1954 as the Hans Christian Andersen’s Boulevard was widened.

People’s wit gave it the name “The Spittoon” so in 1923 a bull fighting a big snake or dragon was put on the top.

Dragespringvand Rådhuspladsen under besættelsen. Tysk flyinstruktør Josef Rotty 1941

Belongs to the Danish Museum of Freedom photo from 1941

 

 

The dragons on the sides were put on the fence of the Municipal House where they still can be seen and some smaller ones were put on the inner water basin.

The dragons were removed from the fountain when the bull was set up in 1923

The dragons were removed from the fountain when the bull was set up in 1923

In 1954 the Hans Christian Andersen’s Boulevard was widened so much that they had to move the fountain and get rid of the outer water basin. That gives it a rather awkward look and is hardly seen by others than keen Asian tourists taking photos of everything. A Metro station is being built at the Square and it is hoped that somehow the fountain could be replaced and regain its former basin for the joy of generations to come.

dragekummen fra nutiden

Photo from today

 

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