"Storkespringvand - Stork Fountain" Stork Fountain Tip by vichatherly

Stork Fountain, Copenhagen: 3 reviews and 3 photos

  Stork Fountain
by vichatherly

According to an article in the Copenhagen Post this fountain used to be the most hated structure in town. That was over 100 years ago however and since then the residents have come to appreciate it beauty. There is even now a friends of the stork fountain organisation.

"Both the initiative and the cash for the structure came from the Association for the Beautification of the Capital, an organisation that still exists today. For many years discussions had been taking place concerning the need for a centrepiece in the middle of the walking street next to the big, open square of Højbro Plads. Nearby Gammel Torv already had a fountain, so it seemed natural that the next square along should follow suit.

A competition was held and many novel designs were entered, including one by a well-known painter of the time, Edvard Pedersen. Central to the structure would be three sculpted herons - which became popularly known as storks - with their wings spread. Below them would be three frogs and uppermost, balanced on a large vase and a basin, a sculpted bundle of reeds. Although the design was Petersen's, a gifted stonemason, Vilhelm Bissen, also played a large part. The plan was approved and work began, with the opening planned to coincide with Crown Prince Frederick's silver wedding anniversary in July 1894."

Address: Amagertorv
Phone: +45 70 22 24 42
Website: http://www.visitcopenhagen.dk/Se-og-gor/Storkespringvandet/382

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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