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Fountain Series – Stately: The Archibald Fountain

Jason with the Golden Fleece and the good things of the earth.

Jason with the Golden Fleece and the good things of the earth.

Ancient Greece meets Art Deco in the Archibald Fountain in Sydney’s Hyde Park. Nothing whatever to with Australia, but a glorious fountain nonetheless.

Theseus slaying the Minotaur which represents the sacrifice for the good of humanity.

Theseus slaying the Minotaur which represents the sacrifice for the good of humanity.

The description of the fountain and captions for the first three photos in this post come from Jim at Sydney – City and Surrounds (I used his description for last week’s Governor Phillip fountain too): “The Archibald Fountain is an art deco style fountain in Hyde Park, near College Street, designed by French artist Francois Sicard and unveiled on 14 March 1932. The fountain is named after J.F. Archibald, owner and editor of The Bulletin, a newspaper which later became a magazine that encouraged writers to write about Australia. He bequeathed funds to build it to commemorate the association of Australia and France in World War I. The fountain features mythological characters of ancient Greece. The central pedestal features a bronze sculpture of Apollo with the fan-like shape of water formed by jets rising behind it, representing the rising sun. There are three granite plinths radiating from the central pedestal featuring the following bronze sculptures: Artemis, the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt, wild animals and fertility depicted here with a bow, a deer and hunting dogs. Jason with the Golden Fleece and the good things of the earth. Theseus slaying the Minotaur which represents the sacrifice for the good of humanity. The large basin is decorated with six tortoises which throw jets of water.”

 Apollo with the fan-like shape of water formed by jets rising behind

Apollo with the fan-like shape of water formed by jets rising behind

Archibald Fountain, the widescreen view

Archibald Fountain, the widescreen view

October’s fountain theme is Stately or Ornate.


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10 thoughts on “Fountain Series – Stately: The Archibald Fountain

      • Fair point. I guess it’s the use of actual figures, some relationship to myth – certain timeless touchbases that make it work for me. I’m one who thinks we can’t go too far wrong if we reference archetypal myth in our imagery, but I’m no authority on anything !

        Cheers,

        Frank

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  1. Hello Kaz. Beautiful photography, perhaps Mr Archibald saw himself as a bringer of light to Australia and hence you have Apollo on top? You’d have to have mercury there are well though really for a fountain bequeathed by a newspaper man! Have a good week Poli

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  2. Ah, now this one I HAVE seen and photographed, but not nearly as nicely as you have! It is not an easy one to capture full-sized. And I love your close-ups. I like the classic fountains 🙂

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