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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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  • The Archibald fountain in Hyde Park is a beautiful Fountain with many figures. On the way through Hyde Park, you should visit once it anyway.
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  • Archibald Fountain is a commanding art piece in Hyde Park. Not sure where the idea of turtles spewing water into the fountain comes from, but, art is subjective, isn't it ?  more »
  • I walked by the Archibald Fountain many times during my visit to Sydney in July 2017. It is a wonderful photo op where you can take a photo of the fountain from multiple points of view. The Archibald ...  more »
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  • "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.
  • Stunning. Have a sit. Have a walk. Have a cig. Have some coffee. Have the time of your life.
  • A beautiful open space at Hyde Park's north end. Good views of the cathedral and city.
  • People watching, Tourist spotting, views to Cathedral or up the tree-lined walkway towards Hyde Park South - it is all here.
  • I visit here during my work lunch break if I can. Good for people watching. I like to sit in the sun but theres also plenty of shade. Very picturesque.

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