The sea gives, the sea takes. Stavoren, once a wealthy Hanseatic city, can testify to it. Floods, maritime trade wars, a harbour that silted up: more than once, the city fell into poverty. But each time it seemed to refocus resulting in seafaring and fishing bringing new prosperity. Folk tales like 'The Lady of Stavoren' tell of that fickle fate. 'The Fish for Stavoren' adds a new story, with a nod to a symbolic print by Pieter Bruegel the Elder: 'How big fish eat little ones!' We see how the huge open mouth of a mighty fish lures us in past its water-spraying lips. Who escapes the dance in Stavoren?
This fountain is part of the 11fountains: 11 fountains in the 11 Frisian cities, designed by 11 artists from 11 different countries. 11fountains is an international art project for Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018, Cultural Capital of Europe, conceived and curated by Anna Tilroe.
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