Artistic design in Bornheim
The local community of Bornheim, which won the German Wine Route competition in 1993, has been trying to bring art into the village for many years. This begins with the street lamps in the old town area, each of which has an artistic attribute. And this continues with the design of the most diverse squares, starting with the "Saubrunnen" (Sow Fountain) created by Prof. Gernot Rumpf, which is now known far beyond the borders of the Palatinate and is considered one of the most successful works by the Neustadt artist.
Directly next to it, in front of a historical building, stands a watchman who signals that the former home of the Bornheim night watchman, the "Wachthäusel", stands here. In the meantime it has been extensively restored and thanks to the initiative of an association of the same name it has become a communication centre in the village. And just 200 metres further on, at the next corner, is the "Max- und Moritz-Platz", where Prof. Rumpf has also revived figures from the stories of the rascals. From Max and Moritz and the widow Bolte to Uncle Fritz's cockchafer and the geese that pulled the poor master tailor out of the water, everything that makes children happy is represented here. Centre of the place is the "Lehrer-Lämpel-Fountain, which at the same time points to the adjacent restaurant "Zum Lehrer Lämpel".
A few steps further you will find an artistically designed and child-friendly garden wall by the kindergarten, created by the Ingelheim artist Petra Goldmann. It shows in colourful ceramic mosaics all the animals that used to exist in a farming village, from cows, geese, chickens, donkeys and horses to goats, sheep and other animals.
The artistic design continues right next to it with a "harlequin" carved from sandstone, which the silent artist Daniel Moriz Lehr created during a sculpture symposium in 1995. In front of him, a bronze dog collects the money for the dancing harlequin.
And finally, in December 1999, an ensemble created by the artist couple Wieslaw Pietron (meanwhile deceased and buried in Bornheim) and Helga Sauvageot was inaugurated at the next corner of the main street. It stands at the beginning of Wiesenstraße, through which the village herd of goats used to be led into the field, and shows a shepherd with three goats.
At the end of the village there is a somewhat futuristic-looking journeyman, called the "Bornheimer Rühmer", who sits on a sandstone and greets the arriving guests with a pint on his lips or waves goodbye to the visitors leaving.
In September 2000, the art project "Blickpunkte - Himmel und Erde" (Viewpoints - Heaven and Earth) on the B 272 was created by the Gräfenhausen artist Karl-Heinz Zwick as part of the 11th Kulturtage Südliche Weinstraße. Also by Karl-Heinz Zwick is the stork's nest at the western entrance to the town, installed in 2001 and artistically designed in stainless steel. An eye-catcher there is also a flower island set in sandstone in the form of the town coat of arms of Bornheim.