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Willi Schriever und Fritz Geldmacher

Willi Schriever and Fritz Geldmacher

Willi Schriever (1896-1981), reciter and dialect speaker
Fritz Geldmacher (Mettmann 1900-1989), local poet and founder of 'Aule Mettmanner' (1952)
Michael Franke
2002

Mettmann /  Willi Schriever und Fritz Geldmacher   Mettmann /  Willi Schriever und Fritz Geldmacher

Description

Sculpture group, placed on three large steps. One man, Fritz Geldmacher, is sitting on the second step, he has some papers on his lap, other papers lying next to him. He talks to a standing man, Willi Schriever, who has one foot on the lowest step. Next to the clog of the standing man sits a small mouse, looking up at a lurking cat on the top step. Both wear a neckerchief with a badge of the 'Aule Mettmanner', showing Saint Lambert and a coat of arms.
Fritz Geldmacher was the founder and for a long time 'Baas' (president) of the Civic and Homeland Association "Aule Mettmanner". He seems to be in an intensive conversation with his companion Willi Schriever, who was known and loved for his dialect contributions.

The statues are placed on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 'Aule Mettmanner' and the 1100th anniversary of the town of Mettmann.

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Mettmann - Willi Schriever und Fritz Geldmacher Mettmann - Willi Schriever und Fritz Geldmacher

Inscription(s)

On the paper on Geldmacher's lap is a poem in the Mettmann dialect:

Watt ech op Platt he'i saren well
es nit domm Tüch on loss Jekäll.
Als Kengk han ech et schon jeliert
em langen Lewen utoribiert.

Verstangen wäd ech üwerall,
wenn ech jradut min plattdütsch kall.
Schenier mech nie, woröm och wahl
we'et angesch ment, es mech ejal.

On the othrer paper is a longer poem:

Min Mettmann

Dy Stadt em Dahl, dren ech jeboren
on och min Kengkdhe'id han verbreiht
je'hs mech em Lewen nie verloren
wohen mech och d'r Wengkd verschleiht

Du sie'ihs vör mech be'i allem Denken
met allem Schüönen wat du jöst.
we'il du suo jruet en dinem Schenken
on jeden wi'eder tou dech röpsd.
We dech janz en sin Haz jesel loten.
ste'hd niet alle'in op döser Äd,
on kann nit wieder van dech loten.
du Edelste'in van jructem Wäel.

Dech och ens e'immal te verjeten
es Söng, die nömmes mich verze'ihd.
Dräsch Bruot well ech völl jiewer eten.
als dat min He'imat ens verje'ihd.

Information Sign

Mundartsprecher
Willi Schriever
1896-1981
Heimatdichter
Fritz Geldmacher
1900-1989
Gestiftet von der
Bürger- und Heimatvereinigung
„Aule Mettmannerʺ
aus Anlass ihres 50-jährigen
Bestehens im Jahr 2002

gestaltung
michael franke - erkelenz
bronzeguss: butzon+bercker kevelaer

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Cat
  • Franke, Michael
  • Geldmacher, Fritz
  • Lambert of Maastricht, St.
  • Mouse
  • Reciter
  • Schriever, Willi
  • Statue (man sitting)
  • Statue (two men)
  • Writer / poet
  • Locatie (N 51°15'5" - E 6°58'39") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: denw928; Photograph: 30 July 2022
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