Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Hyde Park, Archibald Fountain

The Archibald Fountain is a magnificent art deco style fountain located in Hyde Park. It was designed by French artist Francois Sicard and unveiled on 14 March 1932. It features mythological characters of ancient Greece. On one of the granite plinths radiating from the central pedestal is a bronze sculpture of Artemis, the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt, wild animals and fertility. She is depicted here with a bow, a deer and hunting dogs. Last week, I featured the bronze sculpture of Apollo that stands on the central granite pedestal with more information about the fountain here.

25 comments:

  1. Lovely. A beautiful statue that has withstood time. I truly enjoy classic sculpture rather than the modern "art" that is found in so many places today.

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  2. Beautiful. You know, I probably sound like a broken record, but I DO love your blog shares of your beautiful city and the surrounding areas.

    Thanks for visiting.

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  3. What a refreshing sight Jim - love the turtle.

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  4. The Archibald Fountain has weathered time in grand style! A great Sydney icon that I visited many times when I was growing up in Sydney!

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  5. Such a lovely statue and what a beautiful fountain! Superb capture as always and like Anni, I probably sound like a broken record, but I, too, really do love your blog and the wonderful photos you share with us! Thank you!

    Sylvia

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  6. Anni and Sylvia, thanks for your kind words about my blog. :)

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  7. very pretty...mine post is a turtle sticking his head out of the water...

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  8. It looks like the turtles are having a water battle. That is a beautiful fountain.

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  9. Is the sculpture a take on Diana the goddess of hunting?

    Pheno

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  10. capturedalive, Diana was the name of the goddess of hunting in Roman Mythology which was the same as Artemis the goddess of hunting in Greek Mythology.

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  11. Classic, elegant and beautiful artwork and fountain! I can see them for hours :)

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  12. Great shot, Jim. Artemis and Apollo of course were twins, so good pairing them up like that in the park!

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  13. A very beautiful sculpture. Like the way the curve of the bow accentuates the curve of the body.

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  14. Nick, thanks for that extra bit of Greek Mythology info regarding Artemis and Apollo.

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  15. Great shot!
    What a beautiful sculpture, love the turtle too!

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  16. do your children get into the fountain to cool down?

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  17. Ann, you are not allowed to cool down in the fountain.

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