Predigerplatz

A boy riding a frog?

Today we went for lunch in a cozy Indian restaurant on Predigerplatz, a quiet church square in Altstadt between the bustling Limmat riverfront and the busy university district. We paused to look at this fountain – topped with a boy seated on a frog – and wondered (as we often have) about the symbolism or story behind this one!

A fountain in Predigerplatz, Zürich.

It appears to be made of sandstone or, anyway, some highly porous stone that weathers easily. I’ve noticed that about many of the statues and gargoyles across the city. Presumably it is less expensive – but won’t last more than a few decades. Why would the city, church, university, or other building owner choose such a short-lived material in such an old city? Another puzzle.

A fountain in Predigerplatz, Zürich.
A fountain in Predigerplatz, Zürich.

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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