Pictured here is a fountain named "The Fates" situated at the Leeson Street entrance to St Stephens Green park, in south central Dublin
The fountain was a gift to the people of Ireland from the German Federal Government. It was a monument to show thanks for the hand of friendship offered from Ireland to Germany at the end of the second world war.
The Irish put forth great efforts to help German refugees after World War II focusing mostly on helping German children.
They did this mainly through Operation Shamrock and the “Save the German Children Society”
Following World War 2, Dr Kathleen Murphy founded the “Save the German Children Society” with the aim of inviting traumatized German Children to Ireland to help them recover from the nightmares and destruction they witnessed during the war.
As Europe was still devestated from the effects of the war and the millions who had lost their lives, the Irish government of the time did not want to be seen to be overly friendly to Germany. Soon after the creation of the programme, the government handed control of it to the Irish Red Cross.
It was in 1946 that the Red Cross formally asked the allies to allow 100 children to be sent to Ireland from Germany, where they could recover from the horrors of war they had witnessed. Despite severe reservations by the Allies, in May of that year, the first wave of child refugees arrived in Dun Laoigaire in Dublin. Within a year of this, over 450 German children between the ages of 3 and 10 were living with foster families in Ireland.
Within 3 years, most had returned home, but 50 chose to stay with their new families in Ireland.
The German government was so grateful for this act of kindness that they commissioned Josef Wackerle to design a fountain to be sent to the Irish to show their appreciation.
The three figures represent the three fates, Urd (past), Verdandi (present) and Skuld (future). In Norse mythology these three female figures are known as norns, who rule the destiny of Gods and men.
it is surrounded by three plaques, engraved in English, German and Irish, which state
"This fountain, designed by the sculptor Josef Wackerle, is the gift of the people of the German Federal Republic to mark their gratitude for Ireland’s help after the war of 1939-45. The bronze group portrays the three legendary fates spinning and measuring the thread of man’s destiny."
Because the norns are sometimes to be considered higher than the gods the German government thought that this fountain depicting the three norns would be appropriate in demonstrating their thanks to the Irish.
Thanks for looking!
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GREGG (7888) 2013-01-30 12:23
very nice composition,
POV, colors and sharpness
interesting note -
have a nice evening
Romano46 (16580) 2013-01-30 12:39
un bel ricordo questa fontana che hai ripreso nella giusta imponenza previlegiando giustamente il formato verticale.
Ma la cosa migliore a mio parere è il contrasto che dona una particolare vivacità all'acqua e nello stesso tempo esalta la ruvidezza della pietra che fa da base alle statue, anch'esse esaltate nella loro rigidità colorata.
Ciao e buona serata
Periko (2445) 2013-01-30 17:51
I love this sculpture and what it represents: the nobility of the Irish and the gratitude of the Germans.
Sonata11 (33179) 2013-01-30 18:26
Very beautiful composition and excellent executed image of this statue on the rock with running water. Very interesting fountain and interesting note. Perfectly well done.TFS.
ACL1978 (7467) 2013-01-30 18:45
Tough light to this one, but you did well with it, giving good detail and exposure to this most interesting statue. As usual, a fascinating note about the history of the subject - your knowledge of these monuments is constantly stunning! Thanks.
pajaran (48997) 2013-01-30 21:14
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepe skulture i fontana.
Dobar rad sa lepim secanjem.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good text with the given data and history ...
Good image sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Skulture and beautiful fountains.
Good work with beautiful memories.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
delpeoples (52737) 2013-01-30 23:03
I had no idea of the Irish-German connection. So thanks to your note I've learnt another new thing today. The statue is lovely and I'm glad you chose to keep the photo in colour. The colours and textures of the rocks are really attractive.
Thanks for sharing
krzychu30 (15344) 2013-01-31 2:15
Dublin seems to be rich in beautiful Memorials,sculptures or like here fountain.The scene is well composed,has excellent quality.But I´m attract the most by this beautiful graphical effect you achieved here.Is it HDR treatment?because it looks really magnificent.But also the story decribed by you in the note is very interesting.Thanks for sharing!
Have a nice day
kim_gwan (416) 2013-01-31 3:28
Ireland never runs out of sculpture.
With such a noble meaning attached to it, this makes it even more meaningful.
Splendid composure and crisp sharpness.
Thank you for history lesson on Deutschland-Ireland relationship.
snunney (79973) 2013-01-31 4:10
A very interesting story to accompany this fine composition and one that I was completely unaware of. The subject is well framed and the background whilst quite busy remains unobtrusive. I like the subdued light and understated tones, which suit the subject well. Excellent rendering of the detail in the sculpture.
mkamionka (29465) 2013-01-31 13:58
very interesting story behind the statue.
Children usually suffer most from all the terrible things which "mature" people do.
Nice presentation, very well done,
abmdsudi (40258) 2013-02-01 8:30
You are able to capture this mood indeed speaks volumes. I really appreciate this kind of meaningful shot - tx to the explanation- full of tragedy, memory, history and hope. Any explaination as to why the tallest is looking down? I guess this probably symbolizes 'the past' (correct me if I am wrong Noel) as compared to the rest who are all looking straight on at you full of hope and pessimistic! Anyway it's a great capture full of emotion with mix feeling indeed, the tone, the contrast and the rustic feel of the
entire scene. The important thing is that, the lessons that can we all can learn from past history. Superb narrative, so touching to hear the unique and special stories. Simple but imho, this is the most powerful shot amongst your statues mini serie. My compliments. TFS
KristinsCamera (2373) 2014-01-19 6:01
What an interesting note, Noel ~
we have to look for these special moments and gestures of humanity in the midst of all the horrifying things people do to one another. And how wonderful to have a piece of art to remind us of our better side. You captured this on a nice, appropriately moody day. Thanks for sharing this story with us.
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (21508)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-01-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony, Artwork, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/25 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-30 12:01
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