Christophorus Fountain Hemer


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Christophorus fountain at Grohe Square in the center of Hemer

Christophorus-Brunnen Hemer


Christophorus Fountain Hemer


58675 Hemer



The Christophorus fountain is a gift from the honorary citizen couple Grohe to the city of Hemer. The fittings manufacturer Friedrich Grohe commissioned the sculptor Ernst Fuchs to design his garden with a fountain under the motto "Grohe has the water under control.

Ernst Fuchs chose St. Christopher (Greek: Christ-bearer), who carries the Christ child safely across a river, as the motif. However, the client changed his mind and donated the fountain to the city of Hemer. The ceremonial handover, which was attended by the donor, the artist, the then mayor and another 1500 spectators, took place on October 18, 1977. The fountain was placed on the Hademareplatz between the indoor swimming pool and the town hall. Within the framework of an art exhibition of the artist Ernst Fuchs, the restored Christophorus fountain was moved on September27, 2002 and now decorates the Grohe -Platz.

The three-part bronze sculpture shows in the centerpiece St. Christopher wading through the water with the Christ child on his arm. It is a bronze likeness of part of the Nympheum Omega, a famous fountain in the park of the Wagner Villa in Vienna.

At the new location in front of Hemer's city hall, Christophorus actually wades through the water, as the sculpture hangs on a glass wall surrounded by water. "The redesign of the Christophorus fountain is an example of the successful combination of tradition and modernity" said Peter Körfer-Schün, former chairman of the board of the Hemer-based company Grohe.

Ernst Fuchs
Ernst Fuchs (1930-2015) was born in Vienna. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and is a co-founder and probably the most famous representative of the "Viennese School of Fantastic Realism". Ernst Fuchs established friendships with other artists such as Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau, as well as with the philosopher Jean- Paul Satre. He spent a lot of time abroad, among others in Paris, California, New York, etc. In the seventies, Ernst Fuchs was mainly engaged in setting operas, for example "Parsifal" and "The Magic Flute" in Hamburg and "Lohengrin" in Munich. In 1972 he bought the Otto Wagner villa in Vienna and began restoring and redesigning his newly acquired villa. He completed a large composition of paintings and, on the 100th anniversary in 1988, opened the villa as a private museum and collection. In 1996, the "Magic Flute", which he decorated, celebrated its world premiere in Vienna, Munich, Zurich, Oslo, Frankfurt and Bremen. In 1998 the Fuchs Palast was opened in St. Veit. The artist took part in exhibitions in Russia, Holland, Italy, and Israel, among others.

Ernst Fuchs had made it his mission to develop art that would make people's living space more humane. He died in Vienna in 2015.


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