Status: 05.12.2023, 15:00 PM
By: Hans Moritz
Bronze instead of wood: Because the wooden sculpture "Water King" was exposed to the weather for a long time, it was cast in bronze. City architect Sebastian Henrich, artist Georg Brinkies, Herbert Reitmeier, Mayor Max Götz and Alois Reitmeier (from left) are delighted with the new old work of art. © Hans Moritz
The Beautiful Tower is the last of Erding's city gates. Now the landmark of the ducal city is coming back into focus – as a meeting place.
Erding – In a joint campaign, the city and district of Erding, with financial support from the Ministry of Health, have set up four benches in a square at the Beautiful Tower in Erding, in the middle of which a tree will be planted. "I'm there to rattle" is the name of the campaign, which is currently being implemented in several places in the district.
At the symbolic release in the bitter cold, Erding's Mayor Max Götz said: "I hope that many people across generations will settle here and talk to each other." He recalled that older and mobility-impaired people in particular were always approaching the city to ask for more seating. The mayor made them the promise: "These will not be the last benches."
3rd District Administrator Rainer Mehringer also expressed the hope that a new meeting place would be created in the shadow of the Beautiful Tower, which would also be a haven of peace. Together, they screwed a plaque to one of the benches commemorating the action.
Ratchet benches at the Beautiful Tower: Lord Mayor Max Götz (left) and 3rd District Administrator Rainer Mehringer screw a plaque onto one of the four new benches, which commemorates the joint campaign "Bin zum Ratschen da" of the district and the city of Erding. © Hans Moritz
The Ministry of Health promotes the action to prevent loneliness, which is considered a risk factor for physical and psychological suffering. "Lights on" is the name of the corresponding initiative of the state government.
There was also something to reveal on the east side of the tower, figuratively speaking. There is the sculpture "Water King" by Georg Brinkies. Anyone who knows their way around Erding will object that this work of art is anything but new. Correct, but the slender, cubist-looking exhibit made of oak wood was exposed to the weather for a long time. The city had to do something.
Just over a year ago, the city council's planning and building committee decided to have Brinkies' artwork cast in bronze – for a good 50,000 euros.
The artist reported that it was not easy to make a wax impression in the hot summer. It was then cast by Alois and Herbert Reitmeier. For this purpose, four stoves were stoked, which burned for a week. The Water King no longer weighs a good 400 kilograms as in its wooden version, but a good half a ton.
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Götz announced that the frame would be redesigned, the former water basin unfortunately serves as a garbage can for some. However, it should no longer bubble there – "the risk of an accident happening is too high for me," says Götz.