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The Sower

Across the street from yesterday's pic of Hannover's Kreuzkirche tower (and the Marktkirche from City Center in the background of this pic) is The Sower fountain that stands on Leibnizufer, unveiled in 1916.

This fountain is the city's memorial to Johann Duve (last post) in gratitude for for all his good works.  His family was a prosperous merchant family, of which he is the best-known member, renowned for his charity.  Duve himself is portrayed on the shaft of the fountain. 

When I took this pic in March of 2005, the fountain was not running.



The Sower

Across the street from yesterday's pic of Hannover's Kreuzkirche tower (and the Marktkirche from City Center in the background of this pic) is The Sower fountain that stands on Leibnizufer, unveiled in 1916.

This fountain is the city's memorial to Johann Duve (last post) in gratitude for for all his good works.  His family was a prosperous merchant family, of which he is the best-known member, renowned for his charity.  Duve himself is portrayed on the shaft of the fountain. 

When I took this pic in March of 2005, the fountain was not running.



comments (16)

nice angle for this statue, nice job
At first I thought it was an homage to me ... just kidding ;-))))))))))))))))
Ginnie Hart: HA. You're too funny, Dafredo! smile Thanks a bunch.
  • dotun
  • 6 Feb 2007, 00:16
I am loving it, the composition is very nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you very much, Dotun. Glad you like it.
  • susan d
  • 6 Feb 2007, 02:26
I don't see where Duve is pictured in half relief? The shaft of what?? Anyway, it's a great picture and statue. He's quite manly!
Ginnie Hart: You know, Susan, I started wondering about what I wrote because I had questions as well when I read this in my book. I don't think there's any "relief" in this statue/fountain, half or otherwise, because there's no background from which it's carved. So, I have changed my text accordingly. Thanks for drawing my already confused attention to it again. smile

Yes, he IS quite manly. And that IS supposed to be a statue of Duve himself as the shaft of the fountain. I'm guessing when the fountain is working, water spurts out from all around him?
This dude is buff. And I thought the break dancers were in shape! This makes for a nice balance to the nude female shots I have seen on Shutter. Hee hee smile Ginnie maybe you should shoot some male models wink What I find interesting about sculpture of the human figure is that, since the Greeks, artists have always distorted-forshortened the body for perspective purposes. Note how large the upper body is to the lower half. Imagine if you were viewing from a higher perspective this would be even more exaggerated.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Wait till you see the pic I have ready for Valentine's Day, John. Seriously. I had to do some major cropping for that one. smile

I really find YOUR "text" here quite interesting and educational. Stuff I didn't know. Thanks!!
Yes! More CuCO3!! This character looks Greek, doesn't he? Nice picture, with the roofs in the background.
Ginnie Hart: OK, Samira. You're speaking in code, eventhough I should probably know what CuCO3 is. Hmmm. Pray tell.

In the meantime, Greek he must look, now that 2 of you have said so. smile He certainly is in good form, which is apparently what the committee wanted in honor of him. I wonder if it made him turn over in his grave. smile
Lol smile Why didn't you tell me your wanted my photo ! smile
Very well done !
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA, Mr. Zeb. I like your sense of humor. (You mean you don't remember when I asked you for it??!!)
Nice angle Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sarthak.
nice blue sky you caught there.
Ginnie Hart: Memories from 2 years ago, Chantal. smile Thanks.
  • Louis
  • 6 Feb 2007, 09:24
Mr Duve even gave the clothes on his back away for charity. Luckily he kept the sowers bag otherwise this would have been David of Hannover. smile

I wonder if the guy ever stood for the statue or was it made years after his death? In the last case the statue would actually just portray the ideal man as is done in many cases. If you ever get to the Heidelberg castle where the southern princes ruled, their statues look like the 200kg cases they were.

I like the angle you used for this photo. Colours also very nice. The stuff that Samira refers to is copper oxidation - the aquamagreen look of the statue.
Ginnie Hart: HA! In relation to what Samira said, no wonder I didn't get it. I never took chemistry. smile But we both do ooh and ahh over the verdigris! I should have known that's what she meant.

You are right-on about the statue. It was unveileded in 1916, not all that long ago relative to when he was around in 1652! So, yes, it was made years after his death.

I have been to the Heidelberg castle, years ago (Donica's mom and sister actually lived in the city for 5 years before I ever knew them), but I don't remember the statues. I would love to go back and see everything with new eyes!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 6 Feb 2007, 10:37
I was going to say something like John said, thinking of the David statue by Michelangelo. As soon as I saw this guy, I thought "he's so out of proportion!" His legs look short! And BTW, I don't prefer guys this buff . . .bleh!

The photo is very well composed, nice framing.
Ginnie Hart: Ha Ha, Ruth. Don't give away ALL your secrets. smile

It's funny, but I knew there was something "different" about this statue but didn't put two and two together until both you and John mentioned it. So we learn something new every day! smile

Thanks, of course, for commenting!
  • julischka
  • Germany, near Frankfurt am Main
  • 6 Feb 2007, 19:15
Hello Ginnie,
lovely pic. A blue man in front of blue sky. I like it. smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Julischka.
Again I like the blue background combined with the green metal in the statue. I look at the pic and think - where could I stand - up, down left, right - to make something funny of the church tower and statue.... smile
Ginnie Hart: Ha! Always trying to get the right angle, aren't we. smile Thanks, Aksel.
Everyone's said it all about the angle and sky sweet one but you'll have to tell the city fathers that if they want another statue of .. well .... me, they'll have to put up with my bald head. smile
Ginnie Hart: That's funny, Johnny. I'm sure they'll take it all into consideration. smile
Good un' Ginnie, nice work smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chris. smile
  • Clint
  • 7 Feb 2007, 13:50
I like the green tarnish of the statue against the blue of the sky. The angle is great, as it gives the photo that "larger than life" feel. Good work.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Clint. Thanks a million.
  • Ellie
  • 8 Feb 2007, 21:59
That's nice GInnie, I like the way you've lined it up so it looks as if the church spire has been poured out of his hand.

Just wondering, is the fountain on a plinth or a stand? If so, that might be what they mean by the shaft of the fountain, unless there is a metal shaft there somewhere ...
Ginnie Hart: Very good question, Ellie! Now I need to go back to look because I don't remember seeing exactly what the foundation looks like, nor do I have it in my photos. There's a busy street right there, so I think it's mostly covered by cars passing. But you've really got my curiosity! Next trip!

As always, thanks for your comment...and for backtracking! smile

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