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Fountain Series: Stately – The Governor Phillip Fountain

The Governor Phillip Fountain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

The Governor Phillip Fountain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

A fountain such as this one is a big, bold public statement, but at its heart it’s all about the water — and if you click here you’ll see a much larger version of the header image in which the spouting water has been frozen for an instance of time, bright and glittering like misshapen droplets of glass caught in a spotlight.

Jim from Sydney – City and Surrounds has already described the fountain perfectly, so I hope he doesn’t mind if I quote him: “The Governor Phillip Fountain is located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, close to Macquarie Street. It was created by the Italian sculptor Achille Simonetti and unveiled in 1897 to honour Captain Arthur Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales. This magnificent 15.24 metre high fountain features a marble pedestal for the 4.5 metre bronze statue of Captain Phillip. The pedestal features three reliefs of Justice, Patriotism and Education. Below the pedestal are the reclining bronze figures of Neptune (Navigation), Agriculture, Cyclops (Mining) and Commerce. The four marble consoles are embellished with bronze plaques of Aboriginal people. Between the figures are four giant marble clam shells each surmounted by bronze prows of ships and twin giant sea serpents which feed water into the white marble basins.”

Sea serpents on the Governor Phillip Fountain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Sea serpents on the Governor Phillip Fountain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

As much as I love those sea serpents, I would really prefer not to encounter one in real life!

October’s fountain theme is Stately.


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