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. 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 be placed 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 gorgeous fountain in Hyde Park was a gift from the late J.F. Archibald. It was amazing! A musician was playing some music near the fountain, however, everyone had their eyes on the fountain. It i...  more »
  • Taking a walk through Hyde Park and prior to a visit to the Cathedral, I decided to stop here and admire the fountain. Perfect place to take a rest and watch the people go by. Ample bench seating to s...  more »
  • In Hyde Park directly across from the Cathedral. Nice setting. Statuary and water in a lovely garden setting. Plenty of benches. Spend a few minutes and take in the surroundings. You won't be disappoi...  more »
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  • Beautiful fountain which makes it easy to imagine Sydney in a different time. Great place to people watch, read a book or meditate. Right in the centre of the famous Hyde Park with beautiful lawns to lay, picnic or nap on. Grand trees line the path to the fountain and historical sculptures surround it. Close to restaurants, shops, public transport, St Mary's Cathedral and a short stroll from circular quay and the Opera House. Make a stop here during your visit to Sydney.
  • Hyde Park isn’t really that big, but it’s a nice place to spend a weekend afternoon. Down south is where the Anzac Memorial is located. At the north end is the Archibald Fountain, a sculpture featuring Greek mythology donated as part of Australia’s contribution to World War I. Behind the little girl here sits my favourite part, “Theseus vanquisher of the Minotaur”. When I was here, a street performer just ended a beautiful display of bubbles that floats up into the air, with the Sydney Tower Eye in the background.
  • Really nice park to take a walk in. Lots of street performers and a lot of trees, flowers and just plants!
  • Beautiful place to visit in the city. Nice place to relax
  • Beautiful fountain with views of the church and park. Nice place to stop and take a break.
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