This Donkey sculpture is no ordinary Donkey!
Take a closer look, I did!
This sculpture was unveiled on 3 May 2000.
This donkey was created by Peter Lenk, a sculptor from Bodman, Lake Constance. From what I have researched of his work, he sounds to be a very controversial artist!
This Donkey has a very sad story!
The Donkey is representing the story written by Christoph Wieland, who spent his childhood in Biberach. He wrote a novel in the 1770's which included a Donkey and his Shadow.
The story goes, that a Dentist needed to go to a country market town to treat patients. For his transport, he decided on a Donkey, so he hired the Donkey and his owner.
It was hot, and it was lunch-time, and there wasn't any shade, so the Dentist sat down in the shade of the Donkey.
Almost immediately an argument begins as the Owner declares he has the right to the shade, as he is the Owner and the Dentist has only paid for the Donkey and NOT the shadow! The dentist argues that without the donkey there would be no shadow.
No agreement is reached, so they return to their home town.
Some how, the Town had heard about the argument, and became split into two parties, one for the " Donkey Party " and the other the "Shadow Party."
Eventually the case is taken to court. The final trial takes place in the Market Square where the Donkey stands decked with flowers and wreaths.
By then the audience has become so hysteric that they tear the poor animal to pieces!
Reconciliation comes too late for the Donkey, but it is decided that there should be a memorial for him.
This happened in Biberach in 2000. The Towns folk were split in decision whether it should be there temporarily or permanently.
"The front side of the sculpture is a modern interpretation of the story: vices such as prostitution (donkey‘s head and ears), corruption, skinheads (hind legs) are opposed by representatives of law and order, moral code, religion, and the appeal is for common sense, altruism, peace. The reverse side is blank — the shadow."
One very interesting sculpture!
Remember, it is only a story!
When walking around the historic area of this town, I saw some sculpture's.
I saw the Donkey, and then I found the Artist [Johann Baptist Pflug] , he looked to be back in days gone by, just as the sculpture did of a Woman and her children sitting on park benches, done by Danielle Bigata. This was a controversial Sculpture, I don't know why, I liked it!
I know there are quite a few more, but that is all I saw.
After seeing the garden and Tower, I then walked through the arch in the Old Town Wall, and into the historic Weaver's Quarter. This area is also know as the "Artist's" area.
House's here are quite old, with the one in my 1st photo being built in 1421. Inside, there is a small Pot Museum. Across the street, is an even older House that dates back to 1351!
Evidently, the Weaver's worked in the basement's, in the cold and damp of these home's.
It was hard to imagine back to 1500, when there were 400 looms here making Fustian, a blend of cotton and linen. From Biberach Fustian, bedding and mattress fabrics, towels, coats, trousers, skirts, and blouses were made.
This town owed its prosperity to the weaver's, and it was one of the last medieval guild settlements in Deutschland.
It was an interesting area to walk around, an more to see than what I did.
Garden city is the name of the park near the Town Hall and the Old Town. It is also where I went to walk to the White Tower.
It is a lovely little garden area, with a pond, and a sculpture of a little girl which I think maybe a fountain. The garden was planted with masses of Begonia's that looked a picture! Seats were scattered around, and if you wished to enter the Old Town, there was an entrance way through the old city walls.
In Summer, Concert's are regularly held here.
I could see a White Tower sitting upon a hill overlooking the Town of Biberach, and wondered what it was, and what had it been used for.
I had to find out, so I headed in the direction of the Tower, and found a staircase leading to it.
Once standing by it and looking upwards, I realized it was a very tall Tower. It had two underground floors and seven above ground which made a total of nine floors high.
It turns out they ran out of prison cell's in town for some dangerous members of a gang called "Black Veri," so they built 7 prison cells in the Tower, problem solved! Three managed to escape from the White Tower.
In 1633 it was attacked, and bullet holes could be seen until 1978, then the White Tower was renovated, and now looks like it did in the 15th century.
It can only be visited on a tour as it is home to the Boy Scouts.
This is a lovely Market Place, and if you are here on either Wednesday or Saturday, then you will have the chance to browse the Market.
There is plenty of room, and plenty of Cafe's with outdoor seating, a rather nice Fountain, and lots of old eye catching historic buildings. At the southern end of the marketplace, [1st photo] is the Salzstadel and the baroque Dinglinger Stroelin House.
It is the oldest still active shared church in Germany.
This is a large, attractive Church in the centre of Biberach an der Riss, has had quite an interesting history since being built between 1337-1366.
Before the Reformation, it was a Parish Church holding services for nearly all the Town who were Lutheran's.
This changed in 1548, when the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, ordered that Catholic services be resumed.
Interesting, they divided the Church so Catholic services were held in the former choir area, and Lutheran services were held in the larger nave. Catholics used the church from 5am to 6am, Lutherans from 6 to 8, Catholics again from 8 to 11, Lutherans from 11 to 12, and so on through the day.
Catholics could use all parts of the church during their hours, while Lutherans were restricted to the nave except during the Lord's Supper when they were allowed to use the choir. Each took turns in ringing the Tower bells.
In 1638, during the Thirty Years War, the sharing of the Church became tense, especially when someone blew their nose into the Catholic vessel containing Holy water. Retaliation was locking the door to the choir, so the Lutheran pastor could not celebrate Holy Communion while standing in the choir. Then it was retaliation by the Catholic's, they rang the bells to disrupt the wedding of a prominent Lutheran couple underway in the nave. This caused a riot, and eventually it all was resolved! I thought it was quite a laugh!
The Church is decorated in Baroque style, with frescoes, paintings and carved gothic choir stalls.
The frescoes in the Lutheran area, are different to the ones in the Catholic area, and between the Catholic choir area and the Protestant nave, is a large clock with two faces so each denomination could see the time!
I think this was one very interesting, "different" Church
Would you believe, the "NEW" Town Hall was built in 1503!
This attractive big building is now the offices of City Administration, including the Tourist information centre, where FREE Internet surfing is available. In here, was a display of Biberach the town in miniature, very well done and worth looking at!
The Town Hall used to have Grocer's and Baker shops at ground level, then the upper floors were Office's and a Showroom for Weaver's
Tourist information office is open....Mon - Fri 9:30 - 12 noon ... Mon - Thu 2-5pm
Phone (Tourism): 07351 51-165
There is an old Town Hall too, and this one was built in the typical half-timbered brown & white in 1432.
It states "It is one of the oldest still existing Kehlbalkendacher of its kind."
It's had quite a varied life, including that large hall being used as a Butchery in 1432, The town Jail and war payments bureau till 1914, a weighing house from 1828 -1914, a Town Accountant office until 1953, and now has been restored and is also used as Council administration offices. Quite a life!
I noticed the building gets wider and wider on each level as it gets higher!