The teenager and the horse, Geneva

This equestrian statue is ‘L’adolescent et le cheval’ (‘The teenager and the horse’) by Swiss sculptor Heinz Schwarz (1920 to 1994) and this piece, made in bronze, is one of his most famous and dates from 1976. It is located on Quai Wilson, Lake Geneva.

The teenager and the horse, Geneva

So the story goes: Many years ago, a young boy was swimming on the lake edge with his horse. The boy drowned and it is said that Schwarz made this tragedy the theme of this huge work.

The sculptor had no problem showing the distress of the horse, as can be seen, but portraying the tragic end of the young boy was another matter. His solution can only be seen from a particular angle as you walk down Avenue de France towards the lake and, if like me, you were unaware of the statue and the story, you would have missed it. As I did.

Viewed from one particular angle, you actually see the sinking boy’s outstretched hand reaching up from the waves of the horses back. Clever stuff.