"The Statue Of The Fencer..." Wroclaw Things to Do Tip by coceng
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In November 1904 in a little square in front of the main University building a fountain with a naked statue of Fencer (Szermierz) by Hugo Lederer, a sculptor from Berlin, was unveiled. The legend has it that the sculpture was founded as a warning for other students by an inveterate gambler (perhaps the artist himself) who was so captivated by playing cards that he had lost everything but a sword which the Fencer leans on. After the statue was erected, the rector of the Catholic St. Maciej's parish at Schuhbruecke St. (now Szewska St.), dr Alois Schade, sent in a protest to the municipal authorities, claiming that the figure of a naked man may scandalise the public and pose a threat to the morals of the students. However, the Mayer of Wroc?aw, dr Georg Bender rejected the protest, saying that the Fencer is a work of art and as such it provokes aesthetic feelings rather than carries erotic undertones.
Directions: It's on a little square in front of the main University building, you wouldn't miss it.
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