It’s hard to miss the somewhat unusual fountain in front of the Weißer Turm. While some find it exceptional and fascinating, others laugh and find it strange.
The fountain was designed in the 1970s – at the same time as the Nuremberg underground system. That’s the only reason there is such a large fountain right in front of the Weißer Turm: In order to hide the ventilation shaft of the underground.
If you stand very close to the fountain and listen carefully, you can hear an underground train arrive. Between the sculptured figures, you can see the bars of the ventilation shaft, which is very well hidden! Would you have seen it without this hint?
The materials and form were chosen very deliberately. The form is a large rosette – its counterpart can be seen in the rose window of St. Lawrence. The frame of the pool is made of marble and figures are cast bronze. This is closely linked to the historical background of the fountain. In the past, bronze casting was the metal founding process for which Nuremberg was famous. That’s because one needs a special sand to form the figures, which occurs naturally here.
He was married twice (so had experience with married life) and wrote many contemporary – and also critical of his time -verses. Above all, at the time of the Reformation, he ranted against authority. The reaction was a sentence which we still know today: “Cobbler, stay with your forms”. Hans Sachs was a cobbler, but also one of the Meistersinger of Nuremberg.
The figures show just that bittersweet side of marriage: Both the positive and the negative sides. That’s why people from Nuremberg love to call it the Marriage Carousel: Because a marriage goes up and down too. Symbols of the family, happiness, procreation and comfort can be clearly recognized – as well as the times that couples are at each other’s throats …