The watchman

Title and year
The watchman, 1947


J. P. Junggreen Have, 1915-2008

Vægterpladsen, Aabenraa


At the site of this sculpture, until 1827, stood three town watchmen’s houses. Originally located at the centre of “the watchman’s square” (Vægterpladsen), the sculpture had to yield to motorized traffic and was incorporated into the sidewalk, with its special rounded curb stone.

The sculpture’s artistic idiom is simple and monumental. All details, even the watchman’s faithful dog, blend into its large rounded shape. The artist has captured the watchman at the very moment when he stops on his rounds to sing out the verse of the hour. He is calm and composed, holding his round-headed mace in his arms against his stout body. The watchman makes sure all is peaceful and orderly. The town can rely on him.