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20.11.2020

Stork Fountain, Copenhagen

Stork Fountain is located on Amagertorv in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark. It was a gift to Crown Prince Frederick (later Frederick VIII) and Crown Princess Louise on their silver wedding anniversary in 1894. It depicts three storks going on the road.

Since 1950, it has become a tradition for newly graduated midwives to dance by the fountain. 

In 1888, the Copenhagen Improvement Society announced a competition to create a fountain in a prominent square in honor of the approaching silver wedding anniversary of Crown Prince Frederick (VIII) and Crown Princess Louise on July 28, 1894.

The competition was won by Edward Petersen and Wilhelm Bissen. Another entrance to the competition was Torvald Bindsell and Joachim Skovgaard "s Dragon Fountain, which was later erected in Town Hall Square . Peder Wilhelm Jensen-Clint proposed a fountain depicting a cheerful farmer Amager sitting on a cabbage sprouts.

The fountain was opened in 1894.

The fountain is a stone bowl with nine sides. It collects water from the bronze bowl at the top and three small cascades along the edges of the central pedestal. The pedestal is decorated with reliefs of water plants; in the bowl there are frogs sitting on the pier, spewing water jets. On the pedestal shelf there are three storks, ready to take off in each of the three different directions. 

A common urban legend says that the birds depicted are herons. In 2008, representatives of the Danish Ornithological Society stated that this is not true and that they are really storks.

In early 2009, as part of a class experiment on viral communication, weakness and social networks, Anders Kolding Jorgensen, a teacher at the University of Copenhagen, created a protest group on Facebook against the demolition of the Stork Fountain. In one week he managed to attract 10,000 supporters, and two weeks later 27,000 members. However, the reason was purely fictional; there was no threat of demolition and the fountain was actually listed as a monument.

In the late 1960s, the fountain became a popular meeting place for protest movements. The Danish folk singer Caesar gained wide popularity thanks to his protest song Storkespringvandet (Stork Fountain) about police brutality. The text of the song, written by Thøger Olesen, was based on the popular Scottish children's poem Ally Bally Bee (Candy Coulter).

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