Die Fruchtsäule – the Harvest Monument:
A Harvest Monument has graced every Mount Angel Oktoberfest, and was designated as the official symbol in 1969. This is a great place to meet, gather your friends, and capture a group photo to record your visit.
This column is a symbol of the bountiful harvest and of the goodness of Creation. Located in the center of the festival area, underneath the Glockenspiel. The Harvest Monument reflects the importance of agriculture to the surrounding communities. Reminding us that even in today’s world of technology and fast pace, the harvest provides for the most basic of needs.
While there is no Die Fruchtsäule at Munich’s Oktoberfest, Mount Angel adopted this German symbol from other volksfests and harvest celebrations. A much grander structure is erected each year at the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart,first held in 1818 as an agricultural festival.
This annual work of art has been crafted over the years by a series of artists. Early works were of larger fruits and vegetables nailed individually in geometric shapes on a four-sided-obelisk. This evolved into artworks of finer detail by using pasted seeds and more recently adding painted backgrounds and faces to enhance the detailed work and portray the annual theme. Every one of the Die Fruchtsäule have been unique works of art, carefully designed by artistic talent to grace our Oktoberfest.
The artists by year:
Philis Schmidt: 2002 to present
Nancy Scharbach: 2001
Pam Meziere: 1988 – 2000
Debbie Unger: 1984 – 1987
Becky Hanson: 1981 – 1983
Terri Schmidt: 1978 – 1980
Gayle Fisher: 1977
Terri Schmidt & Kathy Schmitz: 1973 – 1976
G.M. Ortiz: 1966 – 1972
Take a moment to visit and reflect ‘upon the harvest and creation’ as you admire the beauty of Die Fruchtsäule – the Harvest Monument.