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Seagull Fountain

Waldemar Otto

Rostock /  Möwenbrunnen


Fountain with a central column topped by a seagull, surrounded by four sea gods:

Rostock - Möwenbrunnen

  1. Neptune: Poseidon (Ποσειδῶν) in Greek, or Neptunus, in Roman mythology, is the god of water and the sea (Wikipedia: Poseidon and Neptune).
  2. Triton, the messenger of the sea. He is the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, god and goddess of the sea respectively, and is herald for his father. He is usually represented as a merman, having the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish (Wikipedia).
  3. Nereus, the eldest son of Pontus (the Sea) and Gaia (the Earth), who with Doris fathered the Nereids and Nerites, with whom Nereus lived in the Aegean Sea (Wikipedia).
  4. Proteus, early sea-god or god of rivers and oceanic bodies of water, one of several deities whom Homer calls the "Old Man of the Sea" (Wikipedia).

Rostock - Möwenbrunnen
Rostock - Möwenbrunnen
Rostock - Möwenbrunnen
Rostock - Möwenbrunnen

Information Sign

Dieser Brunnen wurde anlässlich der Neugestaltung des Neuen
Marktes im Jahre 2001 errichtet.

Sein Mittelpunkt, die Mövensäule sowie die vier antiken
Göttergestalten, sind dem Thema Meer gewidmet.

Der Sage nach kann der unberechenbare Neptun mit seinem
Dreizack das Meer aufwühlen oder besänftigen. Auf einer
krummen Muschel blasend, eilt sein Sohn Triton ihm voraus.
Nereus ist der alters- und gramgebeugte Vater der Nereiden.
Der Meeresgott Protheus, der sich in andere Gestalten
verwandeln kann um zu verhindern, weissagen zu müssen,
dreht sich hier in eine andere Schale hinein.

Entwurf und Gestaltung 1999-2001

This fountain was built on the occasion of the redesign of the
Neue Markt in 2001

Its center, the seagull column and the four ancient
Gods, are dedicated to the theme of the sea.

According to legend, the unpredictable Neptune can agitate
or appease the sea with his trident. On a
crooked conch blowing, his son Triton precedes him.
Nereus is the aged and grief-stricken father of the Nereids.
The sea god Proteus, who can transform in
other shapes to avoid having to prophesy,
turns himself here into another form.

Design and execution 1999-2001


Sources & Information


Location (N 54°5'19" - E 12°8'24")

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Item Code: demv116; Photograph: 4 August 2016
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