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Brunnenbuberl - Boy At The Fountain - Munich Germany
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© Christine Till
The Brunnenbuberl (here ice-covered) in Munich, Germany, a sculpture by Matthias Gasteiger, features a naked young boy spraying water on an old Satyr while he, in return, is spitting water on the boy.
The sculpture had won a gold medal at the Paris World’s Fair, but when Munich's residents saw the 'scandalous' Brunnen-Buberl at Munich's Karlstor in 1895, more than 300 bathing suits were sent to the artist by upset citizens and no less than Prince Luitpold himself visited the sculptor's studio and asked him to add at least a fig leaf to hide the "most precious part" of the boy. The artist refused.
To this day, the Brunnenbuberl - English: Boy at the fountain - stands naked at Munich's Karlstor, near Stachus, and the water fountain is one of the most popular fountains in München.
August 6th, 2012
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