Living History: Part III in a Series...
Zeppelin Memorials in Freidrichshafen
The ancient town of
on the shores of
is the birthplace of the
It was here, in 1900, that
Count Fredinand von Zeppelin
made his first historic flights. And it was here, more than three
years before the Wright Brothers, that powered flight could truly be
said to have begun. As you might expect, the town has many memorials
to their beloved Count and his remarkable invention. Some of these
are fairly ordinary. Others, as you will see below, are not...
This is... I'm not sure what you'd call it.
A Zeppelin Jungle Gym?
A 'Zeppligym'? Whatever it's name, it's right near the harbor,
and has a certain steampunk quality about it
(German: dampfpunk) that
one just has to admire. Though that steel duck below it (what
playground could possibly be complete without a steel duck?) does
seem rather Bauhaus. I particularly like the Jules-Verne-ish
contraption on top. I assume it's supposed to be a telescope, but
I'm sure that generations of children have used it as a raygun.
But the real prize is this one...
Childe Humanity Holding The New Invention...
...With Which He Will Unify The Globe?
I imagine it's supposed to symbolize something. Though it could also
just be a kid holding an airship. It's a nice work of art. The ship
is portrayed in sufficient detail that it can be identified as one of
the pre-WWI commercial vessels -- perhaps the LZ-6. I want one for
my back yard! It could go right next to that statue of
sultry island maidens...