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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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  • Walking through Sydney's Hyde Park is always a pleasant experience. This fountain located at the northern end of the park is tastefully designed and there is plenty of open space around it so that man...  more »
  • This is our favourite fountain in Sydney and we tend to judge all fountains by it on our travels, which is no surprise it is a French design, in the art-deco style. It adds to the beauty of the park, ...  more »
  • Wikipedia tells us what it is and why, " 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....  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.