Sculpture From Nordic Mythology
The Gefion Fountain is in Churchillparken, at the end of Amaliegade. From the fountain, you have a magnificent view down to the square at Amalienborg. The sculpture is situated next to the lovely natural area of Kastellet. The huge, dynamic sculpture, revealed in 1908, was created by Anders Bundgård. The story behind the fountain originates from Norse mythology, by which the Swedish king Gylfe offered the goddess Gefion as much land in Sweden as she was able to plough during one day and one night. She transformed her four sons into oxen. Gefion and the oxen did their job so well that they were able to acquire Zealand. This mighty bit of work left a huge hole in Sweden, where lake Vänern is today located. An observant person will notice on a map that the outline of Zealand matches quite well the outline of lake Vänern. In this sculpture it is Gefion, the energetic Norse goddess, who swings her whip over her sons. The backs of the oxen swell under the strain and water sprays up from behind the wheels and the plough. The water coming out of the nostrils of the oxen emphasises the dramatic action, and the power and strength the oxen put into their work.
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Best Modes of Transportation: Bicycle Walking
Notes: It is situated very near the center of the city and is easy to walk to.
Parking Availability: Limited
Notes: There is a parking area off Langeline.
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