Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Botanic Gardens, Venus Fountain

The Venus Fountain statue sits in the Main Pond of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The original  sculpture was erected prior to 1880, leading up to the International Exhibition. The base of the fountain was surrounded by weathered rocks and large clam shells, which were later replaced by a sculpted crocodile. The badly deteriorating statue was removed in August 1990 and cast in bronze. It was installed in the pond in September 1994 but the original was lost in the process.

18 comments:

  1. A beautiful view of one of my favourite places to wander!

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  2. How do you lose something that big? It isn't exactly like losing my glasses . . .

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  3. Gorgeous shot! I'm visiting Sydney right now, and walked through the Botanic Gardens a couple of days ago, such a beautiful place. Love this city, so many great photo opportunities :-)

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  4. Inger-M, although it's cold, we're having some great weather right now so you should be taking some great shots. :)

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  5. Botanic Gardens are one of my favorite places to go.
    Joyce M

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  6. A a very nice sight to see. Thanks for letting us get a glimpse of some of the beauty in your world.

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  7. It's wonderful they were able to cast the statue in bronze before it deteriorated completely, but sad the original was lost while they were doing it.
    Beautiful photo, Jim.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  8. What a beautiful setting. You're very lucky to have this in your city.
    Happy Wednesday.

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  9. Lovely statue Jim, I will have to make sure I get to see it when I come over in November.

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  10. I'm not sure that I have seen this stature Jim. Interesting story. Pity about the loss of the original piece.

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  11. Love the fountain and, as always, your snippets of history.

    On the post above -- I look forward to also seeing the statutes for the other 3 seasons.

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  12. Sallie, I featured Autumn a couple of months back and am planning to photograph the other two seasons later in the year.

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