Recalling a Röthlisberger statue – and the story behind a fountain.
Forgive me if I return for a moment to the Röthlisberger statues. Today I was walking past the statue called d’Frou Wallimaa, which is of an old woman carrying a bag, and lo, next to it was an old woman carrying a bag. She had stopped to answer a cellphone call, reminiscent of another Röthlisberger statue, Handy. I couldn’t resist a photo!
Also, a follow-up to my post about the fountains of Bahnhofstrasse, in which I was unsure about the story behind a fountain with this lovely carving and an inscription in German.
Thanks to Jean Rosston ’77, who has lived in Zürich for decades and recently retired as an art conservator at the city’s major art museum, the Kunsthaus, we realized the carving and inscription refer to a Biblical story:
Genesis 24:17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher. Genesis 24:18 And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
Röthlisberger statue highlighting a former method of making a living.
A delightful Röthlisberger statue, again highlighting a former method of making a living. Here, a girl who sells flowers roadside at the top of Alpine mountain passes – with a view of the Alps in the background.