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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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Fountain Series: Fun – The Fountain of Giant Soap Bubbles

Archibald Fountain, Sydney - plus giant soap bubbles

Archibald Fountain, Sydney – plus giant soap bubbles

Okay, so I’m stretching the interpretation of September’s theme of “fountains that are fun/fountains that make you smile“. The very staid and grand Archibald Fountain in Sydney’s Hyde Park does not spew out giant soap bubbles, despite the impression given in the photo above (how cool would that be if it did, though?).

But I certainly smiled when I came across this scene … and as for “fun”, this girl has no doubts.

Fun? Just look at this girl.

Fun? Just look at this girl.

And here’s the source of the giant soap bubbles. I have no idea who he is, but I often see him around Archibald Fountain, bringing smiles and laughs to young and old alike. I just call him The Bubble Man.

The Bubble Man

The Bubble Man


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