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Archibald Fountain, Sydney

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The Archibald Fountain, properly called the J. F. Archibald Memorial Fountain is located in Hyde Park, in central Sydney, New South Wales. It is named after J. F. Archibald, owner and editor of The Bulletin magazine, who bequeathed funds to have it built. Archibald specified that it must be designed by a French artist, both because of his great love of French culture and to commemorate the association of Australia and France in World War I. He wished Sydney to aspire to Parisian civic design and ornamentation. The artist chosen was François-Léon Sicard, who completed it in Paris in 1926 but never saw the sculpture in situ in Sydney, where it was unveiled on 14 March 1932 by the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Samuel Walder.Classical traditionSicard was one of the foremost sculptors of his day, a classically educated artist, whose inspiration was derived, at least in part, from his study of classical Greek and Roman art and literature. In submitting his proposal for the design of the sculptural groups, Sicard wrote: "Apollo represents the Arts (Beauty and Light). Apollo holds out his right arm as a sign of protection, and spreads his benefits over all Nature, whilst he holds the Lyre in his left hand. Apollo is the warmth which vivifies, giving life to all Nature. At the touch of his rays, men awake, trees and fields become green, the animals go out into the fields, and men go to work at dawn.
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  • This is an outstanding piece of workmanship, cleverly designed and brilliantly executed! The imagery is wonderful and full of ancient history brought back to life. The water holds it together. It is u...  more »
  • A lovely fountain donated to the people of Sydney. A great place to watch the world go by and enjoy the cooling effect of the water.  more »
  • 1932年建成、位於海德公園中心的亞奇伯德噴泉,是公認為澳洲最美的公共噴泉藝術品。噴泉是紀念第一次世界大戰時澳法聯盟而建成、由法國雕塑家根據古希臘和羅馬的建築及藝術當中靈感設計。除了在白天欣賞噴泉獨立的美景、還可配合雪梨塔、聖母主教座堂拍照、十分配合。噴泉還會在晚上噴出顏色水柱、形成另一番美麗景象。  more »
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  • Nice walk in the park. The fountain was initially created to be a French one but... has Ancient Greek statues!
  • Gets a bit crowded but the views of the cathedral are nice.
  • This is one of those classic fountains you expect to see in great cities. A mini version of something really majestic you'd see in Paris which is no surprise since the sculptor was French and the fountain was commissioned to commemorate the association of Australia & France during WWI
  • wonderful fountain to relax and simply slow down to admire life.
  • At night a intresting place for photographers