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Final fountain: my lobby

Full view of the fountain in the lobby

Full view of the fountain in the lobby

For my final contribution to Poli’s fountain challenge, I’m going with a fountain very close to home — in the lobby of my building! It’s a shame there’s no water in it, and it irks me that only one spotlight is working.

Zoom on the woman

Zoom on the woman

What the heck is this thing?? A bat? An evil fish?

What the heck is this thing?? A bat? An evil fish? Clearly they originally had water jetting from their mouths.

January’s fountain theme is defunct. I’d like to say a big “thank you” to Polianthus for hosting this challenge for the past year.


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Defunct fountains: Fiji

Defunct fountain in Thurston Gardens, Suva Fiji

Only the legs are left!

In Suva (the capital of Fiji), there is a lovely garden named in honour of Sir John Bates Thurston, governor between February 1888 and March 1897. While the lawns, trees and plants are well looked after, the monuments and fountains have had a tougher time. This fountain must have been very impressive when it was new and the basin was full of water. I can imagine children running through the water on a hot day, splashing each other and laughing with glee.

Defunct fountain in Thurston Gardens, Suva Fiji

Defunct, decrepit, destroyed …


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One photo, three fountains

Three fountains in Hyde Park, Sydney

Three fountains in Hyde Park, Sydney

The first fountain is pretty obvious! Behind it (artfully out of focus) is the one I’ve dubbed the Infinity Fountain. And way in the back, no more than a twinkle of bokeh glimpsed through the tree trunks, is the sun-sparkled spray of the Archibald Fountain.

December’s Fountain Challenge theme is Whatever.


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Infinity fountain, Hyde Park, Sydney

This fountain jets straight up, then drips over the side of the large saucer.

This fountain jets straight up, then drips over the side of the large saucer.

I’m sure this fountain is not called The Infinity Fountain, but I have no idea what it IS called. Google “fountains Hyde Park Sydney” and all you get is the Archibald Fountain and a defunct burbler (which I may photograph for January if I get my act together, though I’ve read it’s being restored so it may no longer be defunct!). But I digress. I’ve dubbed this The Infinity Fountain because, as with an infinity swimming pool, the water laps gently towards the rim and then trickles over, falling in light-catching droplets like pearls on a string.

December’s fountain theme is Whatever. I’ve been quite a slacker with blogging recently, so this suits me!


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Fountains: Sydney Opera House roundabout

A rainbow forms in the spray

A rainbow forms in the spray

This is not (to my eyes) a very attractive fountain, though it does fill the circle in the middle of the traffic roundabout in front of the opera house. It’s called the Allen Lewis Fountain and is a tribute to concrete construction in Australia.

The fountain in its roundabout

The fountain in its roundabout

November’s fountain challenge theme is Typical for your Region, but I’ve morphed it into a joint effort with December’s theme of Whatever and am going with Sydney Whatever for two months.


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Fountains: Sydney Whatever – Sensory Fountain

Sensory Fountain  Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

When wet, this spherical fountain is as reflective as glass.

I’ve always loved this spherical fountain in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, but had no idea it was known as the Sensory Fountain until I looked it up online for this post.

Sensory Fountain  Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

The whole fountain, sheeted with water and as reflective as a mirror ball. I’m the small spec in the middle, between two white shrubs.

“A spherical fountain designed to be touched, seen and heard — water begins to flow as you approach. Designed for the Herb Garden in 1994 by Victorian artist Tim Jones and made by Dave Mune at the Art Foundry in Victoria. The fountain is surrounded by a bronze ring of herbs drawn by Gardens’ illustrator Marion Westmacott. Donated by the Australian Bank Ltd to commemorate their 10th anniversary and the 175th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens.” source

Sensory Fountain  Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

The water has just begun to burble from the top and is flowing along the sphere.

November’s fountain challenge theme is Typical for your Region, but I’ve morphed it into a joint effort with December’s theme of Whatever and am going with Sydney Whatever for two months.


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