Düxer Bock-Brunnen, Köln – Gerhard Marcks (1964)

The Düxer Bock-Brunnen, located in Cologne, is a celebrated fountain created by the renowned German sculptor Gerhard Marcks in 1964. Situated in the Düxer Bock courtyard in the city center, near the bustling Neumarkt Square and the historic Old Town, the fountain is a beloved landmark that adds charm and character to its surroundings.

Gerhard Marcks, known for his expressive and figurative sculptures, designed the Düxer Bock-Brunnen as a playful and whimsical ensemble featuring a group of whimsical animals. At the center of the fountain stands a majestic bock (billy goat), symbolizing vitality, strength, and fertility, while surrounding it are various other animal figures, including a frog, a hare, and a duck.

The fountain’s dynamic composition and lively forms create a sense of movement and energy, inviting viewers to interact with the artwork and explore its playful details. Water flows from the mouths of the animal sculptures, cascading down into the basin below and adding to the fountain’s sense of vitality and motion.

The Düxer Bock-Brunnen is not only a work of art but also a gathering place and meeting point for locals and visitors alike. Its central location and vibrant atmosphere make it a popular destination for people of all ages, who come to admire the sculpture, relax by the fountain, or simply enjoy the lively ambiance of the surrounding area.

As a testament to Gerhard Marcks’s artistic vision and creative talent, the Düxer Bock-Brunnen continues to captivate and delight audiences more than half a century after its creation. It stands as a testament to the enduring power of public art to enrich urban spaces and bring joy to people’s lives.

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