Statue of

Statue of "Hope"

At the beginning of the Esplanade, next to the Rooster Pole and the main bridge


Place

Place

In 1841, Dr. Wirer had the Statue of "Hope" (Wirer himself chose the name) with a timeless slogan on the pedestal, erected at the (then) upper end of the Esplanade (in the area of today's Café Zauner) as an eye-catcher and vanishing point of the avenue. In 1909, the sculpture was restored and moved to its current location at the beginning of the Esplanade.

On a massive pedestal block (with an inscription from 1909) rises a high pedestal made of (probably) Schwarzensee marble with a not quite life-sized, zinc cast statue of a woman in ancient garb. In her right hand she holds a pen, in her left a sphere, a globe. Originally, the statue may have been bronzed (black-green). On the pedestal, there is an often-quoted saying, which probably comes from Wirer himself because he had a preference for such instructive sayings and wrote many of them himself. It reads: "It is said that the greatest happiness on Earth is to be healthy. I say no! A bigger one is to become healthy. 1841".