Day 1 - 10 Oct 2020
Content: The "Little Venice" is the name given during the Lauch in Colmar. This name undoubtedly comes from the original alignment of the houses on both sides of the river which serves the south-east of the city. This district begins behind the Koïffhus, passes by the fishmonger's quay, to go to the Turenne and Saint-Pierre bridges. It is therefore at the beginning of the Krutenau, whose etymology designates places of market gardening on the outskirts of cities. Originally inhabited by a rural community of winegrowers, market gardeners and boatmen, the Krutenau extends around rue Turenne which the marshal took in 1674 for his triumphal entry into the city. Boat trips are possible in this area
Content: The year 2004 was that of the commemoration of the centenary of the death of the sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, a native of Colmar and creator, in particular, of the “Liberté illuminating the world” erected in the harbor of New York. A series of initiatives and events as well as numerous events have been scheduled in Colmar on this occasion. Among these, the Municipality of Colmar has chosen to install a replica of the Statue of Liberty at the northern entrance to the city. The work is intended to honor the most prestigious of Colmarians and to pay homage to the work of art which certainly remains the most famous in the world. This statue is also one more link with the United States already symbolized, since 1986, by the signing of a twinning pact between Colmar and the university town of Princeton, located not far from New York. The "Colmarienne" Statue of Liberty, 12 meters high with a torch, is made of composite material tinted in the mass to give it the appearance of patinated copper. The selected site favors the most "passing" access possible to the heart of the city. Thus, like its prestigious elder in New York, the Colmar replica welcomes those who enter the city by the busiest route, while being part of the daily landscape of Colmar residents.