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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: Bolivia

National Museum of Art, La Paz, Bolivia

National Museum of Art, La Paz, Bolivia

This waterless but still lovely (marble?) fountain is in a courtyard of the National Museum of Art in La Paz, Bolivia. The photo is a scan of a print from 1999, so rather poor quality I’m afraid.

January’s fountain theme is defunct or repurposed.


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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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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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Fountains: Sydney Whatever – the El Alamein fountain

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November’s theme for Poli’s Fountain Challenge is “typical of your region” — and, getting ahead of the chronology, next month’s theme is “whatever”. I cannot think of anything that typifies the fountains of Sydney / New South Wales / Australia, but at this point I still have 7 cool fountains from Sydney to share. So, I am cheekily combining November and December into my own theme of Sydney Whatever. Sorry, Poli!

Let’s kick things off with a doozie. This is the El Alamein fountain, found in the King’s Cross area of Sydney. Here we are peering deep into the middle. This white water frenzy is quite a contrast to the individual droplets around the two spouts in the feature photo at top.

Here, three wider shots — and one pigeon.

And some history. I find it amazing that at one point this small square was the focal point of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve revels. All I can say is that the vast majority of Sydneysiders must have stayed at home.


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Fountain Series: Stately – The Italian Gardens, London

One of the four basins with its central fountain (and water lilies).

One of the four basins with its central fountain (and water lilies).

Continuing with last week’s Italian theme, here is my final stately/grand/ornate fountain: the fountains of the Italian Gardens in London’s Kensington Gardens. Dating to 1860, the four basins each have a central rosette fountain, and at the south end you’ll find the Tazza Fountain (photo below). The spot is popular at lunch among workers in nearby offices, which is how I came to know the gardens and fountains.

Here’s something I learned when I looked up the fountains for this post: the building at the left in the photo above originally housed the steam pump that kept the water flowing into the fountains. source

The Tazza Fountain is at the south end of the Italian Gardens, where water arcs into The Long Water (which itself flows into the Serpentine).

The Tazza Fountain is at the south end of the Italian Gardens, where water arcs into The Long Water (which itself flows into the Serpentine).


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Fountain Series: Stately – Trevi Fountain, Rome

A portion of the Trevi Fountain, Rome

A portion of the Trevi Fountain, Rome

To the archives for this and next weeks’ stately/ornate fountains. This is just part of the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Technically a Baroque fountain, I’m wickedly passing it off as stately — it is certainly ornate! According to Wikipedia, “The Trevi Fountain was finished in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini … The majority of the piece is made from Travertine stone … An estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day [!]”.


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