Peacock Fountain

The Peacock Fountain – Pfauenbrunnen – shows three oversized peacocks, one of them throwing an impressive wheel. The Berliner sculptor and artist Margit Schötschel-Gabriel designed and built it between 1975-1979.

Peacock Fountain by GDR artist Margit Schötschel-Gabriel near Jannowitzbrücke / Alexanderplatz bekitschig.blog
Pfauenbrunnen der berliner Künstlerin Margit Schötschel-Gabriel - Bronze & Eisen auf Naturstein Skulptur Springbrunnen Neubaugebiet Holzmarktstraße und Alexanderstraße Berlin be kitschig blog
Peacock Fountain by GDR artist Margit Schötschel-Gabriel near Jannowitzbrücke / Alexanderplatz bekitschig.blog

Oh, how I love a good water feature! Add peacocks to the fountain, oh my … If it wasn’t for the colorful buildings and some graffiti here and there, one could think time stood still.

Pfauenbrunnen der berliner Künstlerin Margit Schötschel-Gabriel - Bronze & Eisen auf Naturstein Skulptur Springbrunnen Neubaugebiet Holzmarktstraße und Alexanderstraße Berlin be kitschig blog

I really shouldn’t leave my stuff that far away in a big city …

Peacock Fountain by GDR artist Margit Schötschel-Gabriel near Jannowitzbrücke / Alexanderplatz bekitschig.blog

Looking at the pictures now, it is also the only fountain I saw in Berlin since Corona that actually had any water.

Pfauenbrunnen der berliner Künstlerin Margit Schötschel-Gabriel - Bronze & Eisen auf Naturstein Skulptur Springbrunnen Neubaugebiet Holzmarktstraße und Alexanderstraße Berlin be kitschig blog
Peacock Fountain by GDR artist Margit Schötschel-Gabriel near Jannowitzbrücke / Alexanderplatz bekitschig.blog

You will find the Peacock Fountain at Holzmarktstraße/Alexanderstraße near Jannowitzbrücke or Alexanderplatz.

So, ladies & gentlemen, is this art or kitsch?

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22 thoughts on “Peacock Fountain

  1. I think it is art – definitely. So two questions: do Berliners toss coins and make wishes at fountains like they do here in the States and did they not allow water because they were afraid people would mingle germs, like all our community pools were closed until just recently?

    1. They use a lot of fountains to make wishes, this one didn’t have any though. I’ve tried to google it but couldn’t find an answer. It just said all drinking fountains in Berlin are off for hygiene but nothing about water features. Maybe pretty things aren’t system relevant? Berlin is pretty broke, maybe they are saving money?

      1. Well that’s good in a way because then people go diving into the fountains to retrieve other people’s wish money … that happens here sometimes because even in big malls, every so often they clean the fountains and they get hundreds of coins and usually give them to charity. Our City is recovering – we were in receivership for a while and lots of people moved, abandoned their houses – not good, but has gotten much better.

      2. I doubt things are gonna get much better this year … We’ll see what fall will bring. I’d rather be on the positive site though

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