I enjoyed looking at this bronze statue of two women talking as they each carry their buckets of water. The little boy tugs at his mother’s dress in an effort to get her to stop talking and get going.
“Women and the Water Pump” was created in 1994 by German sculptor Boniface Stirnberg, who studied art in nearby Aachen. The sculpture stands on Kleverstrasse near the Klever Tor and the non-bronze water pump stands next to them.
Favorite thing: I am not sure what the interest in the pumps is in Xanten – I could not find out any information. But I saw quite a lot of water pumps inside the walled city. Many were nicely decorated with carvings or flowers and appear to be well maintained by someone. I’m not sure if they are still functional. I only wish that the weather had been nicer (it was pouring down rain) because I would’ve liked to learn more and spend some time taking photos of these pumps.
I really do enjoy Gothic architecture and so many of the churches, cathedrals and other structures have gargoyles attached to the outside. While today these creatures serve more decorative purposes, centuries ago they had an important part of the building by funneling the rain water away from the structure. Most buildings today have been modernized with pipes and sewer lines so we don’t get to see these gargoyles doing what they were meant to do.
We were in Xanten on a very rainy day and, to our surprise and delight, the gargoyles on the sides of the Dom St. Viktor (cathedral) were still in use! The water was collected and funneled down to the gargoyles who spewed the water from their mouths away from the sides of the building (and in some cases right on top of the cars parked underneath them).
I was able to capture the “action” in a short video…have a look at working gargoyles!
Xanten is a small town in the western part of Germany not far from the Dutch border.
To find out more, check the Official site