The fountain, located at the Hühnermarkt in the center of the old town, shows a chicken thief who realizes that he did not steal a chicken, but a cock. And while he is running away with the cock, he starts to crow.
However, there is no historical model know for this scene.
The placement of the fountain was never officially announced by the city (or its representatives) as it was meant as a surprise for the citizens of Aachen at Christmas in 1913.
During World War II the bronze statue was remelted as bronze was a rare metal at that time. During a bombing in 1944, the other remains of the fountain got destroyed (apart from the ring with fledglings that was stored away).
As the casting mould of the statue was still available, a new Chicken thief was cast and the fountain was newly inaugurated in 1953 (with the original fledglings water dispenser ring).
The fountain is listed as a historic monument of the city of Aachen.
Architecture & Art
The fountain consists of the figure of the chicken thief, a ring (working as the water dispenser) decorated with fledglings and the fountain bowl.
It was made by the Berlin sculpturer H.J. Pagels. The fountain was, different to many other monuments, not a result of a contract work, but the artist built it and sold it to the mayor of Aachen at the Berlin Art Exhibition in 1913.
The statue is made of bronze and the fountain bowl of shell limestone.
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