Fragments – Pusteblumenbrunnen – East meets West
The Dandelion Fountain in Dresden had been inaugurated in 1969. The East German artist Leoni Wirth worked and lived in Dresden and contributed many sculptures to the city landscape. She was especially known for her water features and glass work.
Cities change over time; houses disappear while new roads emerge. However, parts of this story don’t sparkle with me. Due to some city planning, elements of her fountain have been removed, only leaving three Dandelions in its original spot. You would not paint a bra on a Rubens, would you?
This is not how you treat a piece of art or an artist. One of the reasons of the architect responsible was that the fountain sprayed a lot. [Source] Well, half of its charm consists of the damn water!
When regimes change, sometimes artwork does no longer seem appropriate. We’ve seen many sculptures being taken down in recent years, for example. Maybe instead of butchering it, they should’ve just taken the Dandilion Fountain down completely?!?
I’ve seen a nice stock photo of the water feature capturing a rainbow, but that is probably left for the pros!
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22 thoughts on “Dandelion Fountain, Dresden”
We used to have a similar fountain on the old university campus here in Frankfurt am Main. (2nd photo here: https://operasandcycling.com/bockenheim-campus-of-the-goethe-university/ )
What an amazing fountain. It is so simple yet so unique. It’s perfect. Thank goodness for art!!
I really like the space age vibe of it. There seem to be many similar once around the globe.
There is a similar one in Minneapolis in Loring Park.
Looked it up — it’s very pretty!
I had no idea there were so many of them until the weekend! I thought it was a GDR / space age thing but you can even buy similar water features for your own garden! If you had one a decent size 🙂 It certainly wouldn’t work on my balcony …
Cool! That would be a pretty addition to a garden – might be more of a shower on a balcony with a good wind!
It doesn’t seem right to break up an art piece.
Thank you. It’s a terrible thing to do. She wasn’t impressed about it either …
That is relly neat!
It is too bad the fountain was altered. The El Alamein Fountain in Sydney is a giant dandelion.
Oh that’s very pretty and it’s actually older!
I agree with you Jeanine – art for art’s sake and to hell with the splashing. Solution: stand back farther and you don’t get splashed. I like your analogy that you shouldn’t cut out a few dandelions, no more than put a bra on a Rubens.
Hi Linda, and thank you! For some reason this really makes me unusually mad …
I don’t blame you – either leave it intact or take down the entire artwork – I would think that is defaming the dandelion fountains.
Wonderful fountain! Well shared ☺💕🎉
Thank you Priti!
It’s my pleasure 🤗🎉💓God bless you.
I agree. It’s a shame part of the sculpture was removed. Were the removed pieces set up somewhere else?
I am not sure. There were lower petals that were part of the fountain. Rumors go they are close by but I cannot recall seeing any. I read something about the other dandelions beeing restored for a different part of the city but the internet is not a great source for fountain facts 🙂 Next time in Dresden I’ll check it out!
I love these They aren’t Kitschig or maybe yes
Keep laughing, Rain Snow or Shine
To be honest, I’m not sure either
They are fun though