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Latvian Freedom Fountain

Latvian Freedom Fountain

Located in the median of Cascade Avenue, the Freedom Fountain was erected in 1970 to commemorate Latvia’s declaration of independence in November of 1918 and as a memorial to that country’s struggle for freedom. Since 1949, thousands of Latvian refugees have found freedom and opportunity in the United States, and this fountain is a gift to Colorado Springs from the Latvian Ethnic Group Freedom Fountain Committee.

The fountain consists of a square basin in which stands an abstract representation of a kokle, or Latvian harp. The harp itself signifies a voice in the wilderness, a reference to a biblical story told in the book of Psalms in which a peace loving people are driven from their homes and hang harps from the trees.

The artist, Ansis Berzins, a Latvian refugee, moved with his family to Colorado Springs in 1950. He worked as a graphic artist for Alexander Film Company and worked at the Air Force Academy as an illustrator.

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Colorado Springs, 80903

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Date created: c. 1980