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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  • The Archibald Fountain is a beautifully-executed, florid Edwardian style piece of statuary.It is ideal for taking photos at. You just can't go wrong. The only possible downside would be the throngs of...  more »
  • A beautiful fountain in the middle of Hyde Park, just in front of the Cathedral of Santa María. A bound photographic point.
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  • A beautiful Fountain of inspiration Greco-Roman created by a French designer, majestic and commemorative is beside the Cathedral.
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  • Lots of surrounding greenery with a beautiful relaxing fountain at this corner of the Hyde park. Benches available for sitting. Ideal for lazing around.
  • Well timed and maintained fountain with lovely sculptures. The nearby cafe, gardens, church and influx of tourists converge at this point for an entertaining mix of interests.
  • "Grab the bull by its horns" as seen in one sculpture on this lovely Greek-inspired fountain. Many other depictions that aren't to be missed. Framed in the background is the lovely Victorian church and numerous steeples.
  • One of Sydney's iconic fountains, it's a great place to meet friends, or just sit and watch the world go by.
  • Stunning. Have a sit. Have a walk. Have a cig. Have some coffee. Have the time of your life.

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