CULTURE & MÉMOIRE Fontaine de l’Amiral Bruat
This fountain, erected in tribute to Colmar-born Admiral Armand-Joseph Bruat (1796-1855), was designed by Auguste Bartholdi and inaugurated in 1864. It was the first fountain in Colmar to feature a continuous water jet system. The fountain, representing the allegories of the four continents, was destroyed by the Nazis in 1940. In 1958, the bronze statue was restored and placed on a new fountain built by sculptor Choain and architect Porte. The original sandstone heads are now housed in the Bartholdi Museum. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) wrote that the African's head inspired his vocation as a bush doctor.
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