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The Main Square - Rynek, Wroclaw: 28 reviews and 79 photos
Walking around Rynek (Market Square) you will see a bronze statue of Malay Bear (The Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus). It's a copy made in 1998 by sculpturer R. Zamorski.
The orginal statue was made by Moritz Geyger in 1904. Unfortunately it disappeared before 1945.
Moritz Geyger a well known German sculpturer was invited by Academy of Belle Arts. After he had given a lecture he went to the Market Square. The heat was scorching that day. He could not find any fountain with drinking water to quench his thirst. After visiting the city hall he promissed himself to make a fountain for the city. He kept the promiss. After three years he made a statue in his atelier in Berlin and let it bring to the city on the Oder river.
The bear made by Geyger had two other brothers. The first one is in the ZOO of Berlin and the other one was made for the Brown University in Providence (Rode Island) in 1932.
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