Gefion fountain (Gefionspringvandet) is one of the most popular spots among the visitors in Copenhagen.
Tourists try to pose in front of it so you had to be patient until you catch a good shot.
The complicated sculpture (a woman driving four oxen) at this beautiful fountain was made by Anders Bundgard in 1908. The concept is about Nordic Goddess (of unmarried women!) Gefion that supposed to be promised by king Gylfi of Sweden to get as much land as she could plough in one night! So, what she did was to transform her 4 sons (that she had with a giant!) into oxen! The result was they they ploughed out a big part of Sweden, land that moved into the sea and we know today as Zealand! Back in Sweden Lake Vanern (the biggest in Sweden) is what left behind!
Gefion fountain is set at the harbour in Copenhagen.
It was donated the city of Copenhagen by the Carlsberg foundation on their 50th anniversary.
It was designed by Danish artist Anders Bundgaard in 1908.
It was turned on as a fountain on July 14th 1908.
Renovations started on the fountain in 1999 and were completed in 2004.
The design is based on a Danish myth of "Ynglinga saga".
The story goes that the Swedish king Gylfi promised to give Gefjun all the land that she could plow in one night. She turned her four sons into oxen and she won all the land that she had managed to plow using her sons.
The fountain depicts her plowing the soil with her ox.
Thius fountain of the Norse God Gefion was donated by the Carlsburg Foundation in 1908. Its a much more impressive visit than the nearby little Mermaid
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