Statues - Hither & Thither
Sebastian Münster FountainIngelheim 1488 - Basel 1552
German cartographer, cosmographer, and a Hebrew scholar. His Cosmographia (1544, was the earliest German description of the world
von Michael Schoenholtz, Berlin, 1978
Dem Brunnen auf diesem Platz liegt der Gedanke zugrunde, hier
Der Brunnen ist vor allem dem Kosmographen Münster
Sebastian Münster Fountain
by Michael Schoenholtz, Berlin, 1978
The idea for the well on this place is to commemorate to the humanistic
savant Sebastian Münster (1488/89 - 1552). At this place there was the
monastery of the Order of St. Francis in former times. Münster teached
Hebrew and investigated problems of mathematics and astronomy in the
period 1521 up to 1529. Here he started his work on describing the world
which made him wellknown.
The well is primarily devoted to the cosmographer Münster. It presents
the surveyed terrestrial globe lifted out from the symbolized planetary
orbits. On the Earth there are several persons in different situations,
positions and actions determining their lifes: Birth and death, technical
progress in its positive sense but also destroying manner as well as the
acceptance and rejection of worldly circumstances.
NB: we haven't seen the sign and took text and translation from Wolfgang Volk's site.