The memorial statue in front of the Columbus Center symbolizes the manifold ties between Bremerhaven and the USA.
The first memorial statue was donated by the German-American Johann Bernhard von Glahn who was born in Lehe, and later became wealthy in the USA. The art nouveau sculptor Professor Ludwig Habich created this piece of art, which was erected in Speckenbüttel Park after its completion in 1896.
However during World War I it was melted for the recovery of metals and the production of artillery projectiles. Luckily a plaster model was recovered in Darmstadt, so that in 1978 an art foundry was able to re-cast the sculpture. According to general interpretations, the manifold ties between Bremerhaven and the USA are symbolized by this statue.
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