Monday, June 11, 2012

The Dragon Fountain

Dragon Fountain (Danish: Dragesprinvandet)at City Hall came about due to an inspiring collaboration between Thorvald Bindesbøll and Joakim Skovga. Interestingly enough, this design was submitted for the competition eventually won by the Stork Fountain on Amagertorv, referred to in yesterday's post. When the monument was completed in 1904, with only its bronze basin the press was full of criticism. This was silenced, however, when the bull battling with a dragon finally was put into position in 1923. Today's version is significantly different from that envisaged by the artists with the larger dragons moved to the steps of the City Hall and its outer granite basin with bronze baskets removed. -RS