The square commemorates Goethe's stay in Sarreguemines in 1770 and his mention of the town in his collection Dichtung und Wahrheit.
Sarreguemines is known in German as Saargemünd, and although these days the town is well and truly anchored in France, it is on the Saarbrücken tram line and many of its inhabitants speak a dialect of German.
Le jardin suspendu - Hanging garden
From the explanatory plaque (with my translation):
Emergence des entrailles de la matière brute, sculptè par la main de l'Homme et transformè en éléments faïenciers.
Cette composition de colonnes surélevées et végétalisées donne une dimension particulière à cet espace.
C'est une sculpture monumentale contemporaine acier et céramique.
Emergence of the entrails of raw material, sculpted by the hand of Man and transformed into porcelain elements.
This composition of raised vegatised columns gives a particular dimension to this space.
It is a monumental contemporary sculpture in steel and ceramic form.
A620: to bury or not to bury
There is a plan (Stadtmitte am Fluss - City Centre on the River) to put this stretch of autobahn in a tunnel. As well as reducing the noise and pollution, it would also prevent the regular flooding. However, the plan is not cheap and the city is not particularly flush with cash.
Tower in the rose garden
Observant viewers will note that the railing in the foreground is the same style and colour as the lights in 2010-01-09. In the background is the most famous emblem of Mannheim, the water tower.
Lights in the rose garden
I try to keep the photos in my blog local to Saarbrücken and surrounding area. This shot is some 130km away in Mannheim. It is still, I think, a valid photo for the blog, as Mannheim is to some extent Saarbrücken's link into the wider world. It is the closest big city and represents the crossroads to the major rail and road traffic arteries that run along the Rhine.
Fast and muddy Saar
This is the Alte Brücke, the Old Bridge, built after Emperor Charles V turned up in Saarbrücken in 1546 and could not cross the river because of high water.
I learn a lot about Saarbrücken as I produce this blog. When I checked the date for Charles V on the German Wikipedia page, I noticed that the bridge used to have a monument to Kaiser Wilhelm. When the bridge was rebuilt after WWII, he was deemed surplus to requirements.