Statue of St Florian

Statue of st Florian, Brno, Czech Republic 

Public Art: Statue of St Florian

Sculptor: © Anthony Riga

Statue of St Florian, Anthony Riga, Brno, Czech Republic, public artDescription: A limestone and stucco sculpture of Saint Florian, the patron saint of firefighters. St Florain is depicted as a Roman soldier wearing a helmet with a rich plume. He stares up towards the heavens with left hand holding a flag while his right hand holds his cape to his chest. At either side of his feet stands an angel. The angel on the right stands on a cloud and is leaning on a mill wheel. The angel on the left sits on a cloud whilst pouring water from a jug onto a house burning below.

Location: The statue of Florian can be found in a portico in Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Brno, Czech Republic

Background: Saint Florian is the patron saint of Linz, Austria; chimney sweeps; soapmakers, and firefighters.

The "Florian Principle" is named after a little German prayer to St Florian "O heiliger Sankt Florian, verschon' mein Haus, zünd' and're an", which translates to "O Holy St. Florian, please spare my house, set fire to another one".

Acknowledgements: A special thank you to Silvie Bee for kindly providing the photographs.

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