Seven Lazy Brothers fountain
The fountain by Bernhard Hoettger at the Handwerkerhof craft centre in Böttcherstrasse.
The Fountain of the Seven Lazy Brothers by Bernhard Hoetger is based on a local legend. They were the sons of a Bremen farmer and not exactly renowned as hard workers.
As they could find no work in Bremen, they went out into the world. Some years later, they returned to Bremen with a wealth of knowledge and experience and began to work in their father's fields.
They dug ditches to drain the fields and constructed a dyke along the river Weser to prevent flooding. They also paved a road and built themselves houses next to it.
Unwilling to believe that the seven lazy brothers could have changed, the people of Bremen continued to pour scorn on them, saying the brothers were simply too lazy to get their feet dirty while working in muddy fields.
Now, of course, we know that the seven lazy brothers were not lazy at all but actually very smart. The fountain in the courtyard of the Paula Becker Modersohn House in Böttcherstrasse still depicts the brother as idle. But have a look at the gables of the Sieben Faulen Haus (Seven Lazy Brothers House). Here you can see the industrious brother standing tall and proud as they look down on the city.