Pimp my pump

Public taps or water pumps appeared in the late 19th century and were set up in neighborhoods where households had no connections to the city’s water supply. Although the name “Victoria Wells” appears in the records of the city’s water supply authority, the citizens very quickly started to call them Željezni Francek (Iron Franz) or Željezni Martin (Iron Martin), a name that has survived to this day.

The team gathered around the art collective “Pimp my pump” was in charge of their artistic renovation and they painted more than a hundred pumps almost a decade ago.

Over the years, the project was somewhat forgotten, but it is now being revitalized and upgraded at the initiative of the Zagreb Tourist Board. In addition to adapting the routes to epidemiological measures because they allow for individual tours, the project also carries a message of sustainability.

Many pumps are still up and running, and the water inside is drinkable, so we invite all recreationists and random passers-by to raise awareness of sustainability and fill their bottles with fresh water from the pump, thus reducing the impact of plastics on the environment.

 
Ernest Fulir
Ernest Fulir

Draw me a horse and I'll give you 2 dinars! That's how Mr. Fulir took down even the most sincere critics. The master of twists and cues, the thinnest mustache of the Upper Town, Relja Bašić will forever remain a symbol of the masterful pick-up lines and chivalry of the twentieth century.

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Franjo Šafranek
Franjo Šafranek

Franjo Šafranek is the most famous ambassador of spritzers in the entire city. And every time we watch Franjo Majetić in the role that we will all remember as long as we live, half of the nation is always thrilled when he bravely says: Listen, I'll be right back, I'm just going to stop by Žnidaršić!

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Nirvana
Nirvana

Nevermind? Some will wave their hand dismissively and others will immediately smell the Teen Spirit, remembering the famous Nirvana song that used to put all those sharp kids into trance, who even then perceived the collapse of capitalism and holes in the hierarchy of social values.

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Haustor
Haustor

On this unusual day, you wonder in vain whether your first love still wears a silk scarf. If Zagreb had a sound inscription, it would be the echo of Haustor's music and the rustling of summer dresses.

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Azra
Azra

Beautiful women pass through the city and the pump on the corner will never be alone. This city is dancing to the rhythm of the band Azra, and it is the rhythm you feel best when Zagreb emerges from a dream on filigree sidewalks.

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Film
Film

Although one should not live in the past, we all happily remember our first kisses. Many of them happened on the streets and in the parks of Zagreb. Since we all have certain films playing in our head, let this pump remind us of the good old Croatian band called Film and the legendary verses of Jura Stublić.

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Dino Dvornik
Dino Dvornik

All the bickering between Zagreb and Split stops when someone brings up Dino Dvornik. From the Great Wall of China to Zagreb's Vrapče, the King of Funk gave each street a recognizable urban touch and quickened the biorhythm of every passer-by.

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Spock
Spock

Once you learn that Spock was born in 2230, the words "Live long and prosper" take on a new meaning! And when you hear that in some elementary schools children practice parting the fingers between the middle and ring finger in order to perfect the most famous Vulcan salutation, you will not be surprised by this dedication to the Star Trek legend. The pump might even still be there when he is born.

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Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix

Every time we open the beer with our teeth, Jimi Hendrix smiles. This is exactly how the left-handed genius played his guitar. With his teeth, elbow, behind his back, his riffs shaped the future of funk, soul, rock and RnB as we know it today.

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John Lennon
John Lennon

John Lennon irrevocably changed the history of fashion trends, activism and art thanks to his unusual life and fashion choices. If you imagined everything he prophetically said in his song Imagine, can you imagine how much smaller Zagreb would be without his pump?

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Fear and Loathing
Fear and Loathing

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is irresistibly reminiscent of Zagreb in the 1990s. The combination of war madness, rave movement and general inequality in society depicted in this film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel reminds generations from the late seventies of the charms of growing up. So that's why the movie got its own pump. No, it's not a hallucination.

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Homer
Homer

The image of Homer Simpson could probably be found in a dictionary of symbols under lazy and rude, and yet this did not in the least jeopardize his title of one of the most beloved animated heroes of all time. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to work in a nuclear power plant where he most often eats, drinks beer, or simply sleeps. D’oh.

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Marge
Marge

The moral compass of the Simpsons, Marjorie “Marge” Simpson, is the proud owner of the most monumental hairstyle in the history of cartoons ever since Rapunzel. Hippie at heart, Marge is the embodiment of order, until her darling husband sets her teeth on edge.

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Herman Bolle
Herman Bolle

Herman Bolle gave Zagreb the charm that makes us love it so much today. This architectural genius, virtually without any record of formal education, has left behind arcades, cathedrals and museums thanks to which millions of tourists flock to the Croatian capital every year. That is just so Zagreb-style, isn't it?

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Lisa
Lisa

Lisa Marie Simpson is the most talented person in her family, but despite that she often ends up grounded with her brother. An animal lover, Buddhist and vegetarian, this little genius will provide a Zen corner for every space.

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Bart
Bart

Bartholomew “Bart” Jo-Jo Simpson is not the best student in the class, but he has been making us laugh with his pranks since his birthday on 1 April 1980 – April Fools' Day. An homage to all of you who were never teacher's pets, but were in turn adored by all students.

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Darth Vader
Darth Vader

If the Force is strong in you, you will find the Star Wars pump in no time. Come to the dark side and feel the magnetic attraction of Darth Vader’s charisma. May the Force be with you!

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August Šenoa
August Šenoa

August Šenoa is the author of the first Croatian modern novel, The Goldsmith's Treasure, and due to his contribution to Croatian literature, the period in history during which he wrote his famous works is called Šenoa's time. Šenoa died at the age of 43 when, as a city senator, he cared in the cold for the victims of the Great Zagreb Earthquake in 1880.

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Ivo Robić
Ivo Robić

Ivo Robić is the first Croatian singer of world renown. Mr. Morgen recorded for Polydor, appeared on the Billboard charts and made Sinatra famous with Strangers in the Night. And that is why the latter will remain a stranger to us, whereas Robić earned his place under the sun of the streets of Zagreb, which are still alive with the sound of his music.

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Marija Jurić Zagorka
Marija Jurić Zagorka

Her stories are woven from threads of dramatic love plots interwoven with authentic details of the history of Zagreb. Marija Jurić Zagorka, even 150 years since her birth, remains the symbol of an educated, modern, independent woman.

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