Meret Oppenheim fountain

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The Oppenheim fountain

The Meret-Oppenheim-Brunnen or colloquially Oppenheimbrunnen , is a fountain created by the artist Meret Oppenheim on the Waisenhausplatz in Bern .

It was inaugurated in 1983. As a symbol of growth and life, it consists of a high concrete column, down which water flows in a spiral. While the tinny gullies were initially bare, in the meantime - as the artist wanted - moss cushions, plants and grasses have settled in them, and long icicles form on them in winter .

Due to the strongly calcareous water, large chunks of tufa have formed at the well , which are removed from the city if they are in danger of falling.

The installation of the Oppenheim fountain in the historic old town led to a heated debate in Bern, and numerous letters to the editor and other statements demanded its removal. Scoffers disparagingly refer to the work as the exhaust pipe for the parking lot below.


  • Berchtold Weber: Historical-topographical lexicon of the city of Bern . Oppenheim-Brunnen (Places \ Sch \ Schweiz (CH) \ Bern (Canton) \ Bern (BE) \ O). Ed .: Burgerbibliothek Bern (=  publications of the Berner Burgerbibliothek ). Bern 2016 ( [accessed on February 4, 2018]).

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Coordinates: 46 ° 56 '59.28 "  N , 7 ° 26' 39.95"  E ; CH1903:  600441  /  199,857