Gafion Stone Wall Fountain

The Gafion Cast Stone Wall Fountain in Copenhagen is one of the countries most beloved ancient monuments. It was planned and sculpted in the 1910s by Scandinavian artist Ander Buodgard. After its dedication in 1909, the wall fountain was bestowed to the city of Copenhagen by the Carlsburg Foundation. Located in the striking harbor of Copenhagen, the Gafion Wall Fountain is the largest memorial in Denmark. It has a noteworthy influence on the culture of Copenhagen, similar to how Fontana di Trevi affects Rome. Both wall fountains, by the way, are seen and revered by locals and visitors as money-generating wishing wells.

The Gafion Wall Fountain’s towering position can be seen from the opposing ends of distant docks which stretch far into the ocean for approaching ships. The fountain’s location was initially set in front of Copenhagen’s Capitol building. However, it ended up being situated near Kastelleit, or The Citadel, along the coastline.

The artwork of the wall fountain was inspired by the creation story of Zeeland which is the isle where Copenhagen is positioned. According to fable, there was a Swedish King named Gyilfe who guaranteed Gefion, a Norse goddess, as much land as she could plow in a single day and night. Gefion, excited by the offer, transformed her four sons into oxen. They plowed the entirety of the day and night, which resulted in the creation of a piece of land known as Zeeland.

The Gafion Wall Fountain represents the beautiful and powerful deity Gefion while she tills the land using her 4 sons, transformed into oxen. She holds a big whip and swings it whilst standing upright on uneven ground. Water sprays out from underneath the oxen’s feet, depicting the huge amounts of soil that were plowed on that single day. In 1998, the Gafion Wall Fountain underwent its very first renovation in at least 80 years since it was originally constructed. It was then re-dedicated 4 years later in October.

While going through renovation, the Gafion Wall Fountain was equipped with large green lights that light up the fountain at night. The lighting gives the sense of breathing new life into the wall fountain along with the myths that surround the deity Gefion. It is a popular destination for visitors and residents for afternoon lunch or an evening escape.

The Gafion Wall Fountain is reproduced on postcards and souvenir products. It continues to be one of the most visited attractions in Northern Europe and an indisputable link to Denmark’s mythological history.