For eight years they searched, dug, planned and designed. Now volunteers of the foundation "1150 years of the village community gemunda" see each other on the straight and narrow. On tuesday evening, hendrik dressel, hermann gossenberger and josef starkl, together with manfred hofmann and werner pfeuffer, set the stele made of female gray forest stone, whose inscription is to bring future visitors closer to the source at heiligenleite. "I am satisfied and happy with how well the project has been implemented by all those involved", said the interior designer starkl who was responsible for the artistic design.
Even the short access from the path below the popular chapel to the spring is impressive, because it leads through a grass-covered hollow path. Then the stone wall with the tilted stainless steel plate comes into view, located to the left of a clearing. The water flows in a dark stream in a channel on the narrow upper side into the lower basin and further behind the granite stele and past a resting bench.
During the reclamation of the land in 1960, the spring was buried. "We looked for the water much further up from 2010", gossenberger looks back. The breakthrough finally came in 2014 with the help of professional water seekers and wunschelrutengangers. The latter had the area of the heiligenleite as a "place of power, even mystical area" and made a connection to the hun graves located near the gehegsmuhle, the foundation's managing director continued. Three years ago, the company announced a design competition. "Water is life", the winning design was by hendrik dressel. Second place went to the "stainless steel plate" proposal by josef starkl. Later it was possible to merge the two core ideas with each other.
Part of the tapping
First the spring was framed, then the surrounding area was profiled. Frankish limestones form the wall and the perimeter of the plant. "Water is life, is written on the highly polished plate of corten steel over which the rivulet runs from the wall into a long basin before it disappears as a small stream towards the edge of the land in the forest, down to the redach ground. Metal plates were inserted into the fringed outlet basin. These plates were originally cut by the untermerzbach sculptor and painter gerd kanz as "waste" when he created his sculpture "ein schopfungstag" ("a day of tapping") created. For the art competition 12 (W)places, kanz's work was chosen next to the "garden of contemplation" erected at the johanniskirche in gemunda and later acquired by the foundation. The chairman of the foundation had deliberately proposed in his competition design the connection between the tapping stele in the center of the village and the spring at heiligenleite: "the topic of tapping concerns us all, and water is an essential part of tapping.", explains dressel. If you look closely, you can see that some of the "excerpts" are from the "hun" graves the former mayor of seblach adds that the metal plates in the basin were set off by a brass coating and now suggest a cross. The text on the granite stele explains the bridge between the stele and the spring to visitors who are not familiar with the area. "Water is life, the motto of the plant fits in perfectly with the 2018 motto of the evangelical church: "i will give to the thirsty freely from the spring of living water." (revelation 21,6)
Worked on it for five years
The expansion of the spring took five years. "That made real work", admits the chairman. A feat that the people in charge "vastly underestimated" had. "But the work justifies the expense", dressel is convinced, as are his comrades-in-arms. All those involved are proud not only of the design: the entire project was financed through their own efforts and donations. "The spring does not cost the foundation a cent", gossenberger clarifies. Without the work of volunteers like horst heubner and werner pfeuffer (construction of the resting bench) as well as free help of the companies hartung (gemunda, earthworks), borzelt (gemunda, stele and granite cheeks), kasper (lindenau, limestones), geiss (seblach, processing of the slab) and popp (steel frame for the metal slabs) the installation would have taken between 20.000 and 30.000 euro, dressel guesses. So "only" the 5000 euros in material costs, ten percent of which were covered by the city of seblach. The signposting of the stele and the spring is sponsored by the niederfullbacher stiftung.
Water has drinking water quality
So far, only bees, wasps and birds are using the "drink, but that is to change: "the source runs not only super", dressel confirms "the water also has drinking water quality and can be drunk without hesitation." This had been the result of corresponding examinations. And so the idyllic place not far from the zweilanderweg, the ummerstadter kreuz and the chapel at the heiligenleite almost presents itself as a resting place for hikers, pilgrims and walkers.
The dedication of the well signposted spring will take place on sunday, 27. May, at 10 a.M. With a church service, which is arranged by the trombone choir gemunda. Afterwards, the chairman of the foundation, hendrik dressel, and the planner, josef starkl, present the artistic design. For food and drink is provided. In case of rain, the inauguration will be postponed; the service will then take place outdoors in the community center.