The Well of Life
The Well of Life
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Berke Ayrancıoğlu
Graz, Austria605 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Located in front of the National Theatre. It is a small statue and It doesn't grab attention until knowing the story behind. There is more to it but in a nutshell the statue symbolizes life, youth and beauty.
Written 11 May 2024
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia5,347 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A nice statue located in front of the national theatre, we actually walked past it as we didn't realize it was in a little depression.
The statue depicts a group of people, all looked to be in various stages of life with different expressions and poses. There were people embracing, scooping water to drink.
It had a lovely patina to it. It was surrounded by a lovely round concrete seating area where we saw a lot of locals sitting.
A nice statue.
Written 29 July 2023
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Graham
Rugby, UK1,431 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Zagreb is a city of statues. This one suits in its own enclosure and depicts a group huddles around a well.
Written 15 July 2023
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,309 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This statue is in front of the impressive National Theater in lower Zagreb. It was done by the famous sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic, and depicts a number of people in different stages of life with different expressions. I'm sure there is deeper meaning behind it, but we enjoyed viewing it even without additional knowledge.
Written 4 July 2023
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,613 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The well of life is a lovely sculpture with a beautiful message of humanity and brotherhood that can be found near the National Theatre. The Well of Life cannot be seen from the street because it is in a depression. Therefore, a small search is necessary in advance.

The sculpture represents people (men, children and the elderly) who are about to get water from a well, huddling around each other, thus bringing a message of universal brotherhood. People's facial features express all sorts of emotions... from love to sorrow. The fountain invites you to linger and is also a popular place for locals to sit, read and chat in the evening.

It is a work that caught my attention and I would have just appreciated if there had been an explanatory plate with information about the work and the sculptor. So I researched the information as soon as I was able.

I learned that this sculpture is one of Ivan Meštrović's great masterpieces that depicts people in various phases of life that crouch and twist their bodies around a well which symbolizes life, youth, and the source of eternal beauty. The sculpture is circular with relief of ten naked figures, a child, love couple and the old man, life-size, that crouch and twist their bodies around a well which contains water.

The figures are watching their reflections in the water, while their bodies appear to have been frozen in motion. The figures are arranged so that they show to viewer the purpose of the well, i.e., desire for life and joy, which can be seen best in young characters who are hugging and kissing as opposed to the old man who is at the end of his life and looks with grief into the well, a symbol of life. The sculpture depicts man's natural cycle, from birth to death.

The Well of Life is more than a hundred years old, but owing to the humanity of its concept, it hasn’t aged a day.
Written 15 June 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,036 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This sculpture consists of a circular pool surrounded by a bronze frieze of intertwined nude figures from children to the elderly and loving couples. A very sensual work of art.
Written 19 May 2023
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore8,668 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
Ivan Mestrovic created this beautiful well in bronze in 1905. It sits in front of the majestic National Theatre.

There is a sitting area around the well with great views. Nice place to relax and take a drink with you. Hope to return today as the weather is a little cooler.
Written 27 July 2021
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Andr3a1o
Zagreb, Croatia1,144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
It is located right in front of the Croatian National Theater. This is the first masterpiece by the Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović. Created in 1905. There is also a space to sit around the monument.
Written 3 June 2021
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21,657 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Somewhat hard to find, but we looked around the National Theater and finally saw it. It's got a cool design, and the perfect name for it.
Written 14 May 2021
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Paul A
North Fambridge, UK466 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Nearly missed this because it is hidden from view within a sunken area. The detail surrounding it makes it worth a short detour to see.
Written 8 October 2019
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