"The Horse of the Muses" Karlsruhe Things to Do Tip by toonsarah

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  The Horse of the Muses: smiling face
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  • The Horse of the Muses: smiling face - Karlsruhe
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While the architecture of the State Theatre didn?t especially appeal to me, this statue of a three-legged horse in front of it certainly did. It was made in 1974 and intended to be the Trojan Horse, but when it was erected here in front of the theatre in 1981 it became known as the Horse of the Muses, or Musengaul. Why it has only three legs I don?t know, but to me the funny thing was how long it took all of us to realise that it did only have the three! I think it?s a good example of how the human eye sees what it expects to see.

Apart from having a broom for a tail (LOL), another striking thing about the horse is that its face changes expression as you view it from different sides ? from one it appears to be smiling, from the other it looks quite fierce. This seems really appropriate for a horse that has come to symbolise the theatre it stands in front of, as it resembles those theatrical masks that do the same thing. But as you can see (photos 3 and 4) the partial fierceness of its expression didn?t prevent Arann ?Sourbugger? from making friends pretty quickly!

Address: Baumeisterstraße 11, 76137 Karlsruhe
Directions: Outside the theatre, for which the nearest tram stop is at Ettlinger Tor, a couple of hundred metres to the west

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  • Written Jun 16, 2008
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