The town centres of Germany have a wealth of street art, in the form of statues and fountains. Some quirky. Some traditional. Some representing stories of important people or myths or local legends.
Some invite viewer interaction. Some require viewer action to operate. They are not just for looking at and for tourists to take photos of.
I love how the statues gives a focus for parents walking their children. I can imagine it adds a purpose and an element of fun when a parent suggests a walk to burn their child’s energy. “Let’s go for a walk to see the pigs.”
And who wouldn’t want to jump on them?
I love how some statues call for a tactile response. You can see where some statues are repeatedly stroked or patted or sat on.
I love how they give an opportunity for passing on local stories.
I love how they give a focus, a central point to a square or Stadtplatz. Somewhere to meet or hang.
I love how they add to the beauty of a place. They catch your eye and force you to have an emotional response. Like it? Love it? Confused by it? Unsure of it? Want to look more closely?