Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Bensersiel
(Stadt Esens)
Lkr. Wittmund

Niedersachsen

Von-Thünen-Park

Der Boßeler

Ball Shooting Player

(artist?)
1980/1984

Bensersiel /  Der Boßeler   Bensersiel /  Der Boßeler

Description

Small statue of a young man with a ball in his hand. boßelen or Klootschießen, in Dutch klootschieten, is a sport in the Netherlands and East Frisia. In the game, participants try to throw a ball (the kloot) as far as they can.

Information Sign

Der Boßeler

Boßeln ist ein
alter ostfriesischer Volkssport,
der im Winterhalbjahr
auf den Straßen ausgetragen wird.

Annotation

The bronze statue replaces since 1984 a stone predecessor. This originally stone statue was discovered in the 1970s by the former office manager Hardo Sziedat in Mainz. Mayor and Captain Karl Rieken bought it and gave it to the Klootschießer und Boßelverein "De Waterkant". Because Rieken died was before, the statue of the Eastfrisian sporter was presented by Sziedat and the mayor of Esens, Werner Schmidt, at the Bensersieler Dörpfest in 1980. However, the statue was victim of multiply hooliganism and was smashed. The Kurverein Esens-Bensersiel decided to cast the Boßeler in bronze.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 53°40'29" E 7°34'37"

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