Friday, 3 August 2012

Leeds Statue

Leeds entered into a twin town arrangement with Dortmund in Germany in 1970. Ten years later this statue was donated to Leeds by the city of Dortmund.



It was sculpted by Arthur Schulze-Engels and is a copy of a statue that stands outside the Altien Brewery in Dortmund. It shows a portly drayman carrying a barrel of beer.

Dortmund has always been famous for its beer and the large number of breweries in the town so I guess the statue is an appropriate gift.

It stands in a small plaza outside St. John’s shopping centre and when it was placed the name of the area was changed to be Dortmund Square. It acts as a focus point to the square and is used by locals as a convenient meeting point.

The plaque on the statue reads...
IN APPRECIATION OF THE SUCCESSFUL TWIN
TOWN RELATIONSHIP CHARACTERIZED BY
GOOD WILL AND COOPERATION AND TO
SYMBOLIZE THE FLOURISHING PROGRESS
THE CITIZENS OF DORTMUND HAVE GREAT
PLEASURE IN PRESENTING THE CITY OF
LEEDS WITH THIS SCULPTURE.
SEPTEMBER 1980 GUNTER SAMTLEBE
OBER BURGERMEISTER

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