THE BRIDGE MONKEY, Heidelburg, Germany. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on March 29, 2012

Just alongside the town gate on the bridge over the River Neckar at Heidelberg in Germany there is a bronze monkey or ‘bruckenaff’ holding a mirror. Installed in 1979 it was sculptured by Professor Gernot Rumpf and the theme of the sculpture is ‘humility’. Alongside is a plaque which reads: “Why are you looking at me? Haven’t you seen a monkey in Heidelberg? Look around and you will probably see More monkey’s like me”.

Old drawings show that there was a brass monkey at this spot as far back as the 15th century when a traveller abroad brought a real monkey back to Heidelberg. The local people were amazed to see it and just stared at it – hence the legend. The original bronze disappeared during the Palatinian War of Succession of 1689-1693. To touch the bronze is said to bring good luck!

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    by Roy Pledger
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