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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  • October 3, 2017
    This fountain is near the end of the park on the St Mary corner. The bronze statues on three sides of the main monument of Apollo providing protection. The three portions contain fantastic bronzes of ...  more »
  • September 10, 2017
    This fountain smack in the middle of Hyde Park and you will not miss it. There are lots of art pieces which will make you wonder what are their meanings ;P Surrounding the fountain are flower gardens....  more »
  • August 22, 2017
    A nice big fountain, located in Hyde Park, opposite the Catholic Cathedral. The day is full of people from neighboring offices.  more »
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  • September 13, 2017
    Lots of surrounding greenery with a beautiful relaxing fountain at this corner of the Hyde park. Benches available for sitting. Ideal for lazing around.
  • July 30, 2017
    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.
  • May 3, 2017
    "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.
  • July 30, 2017
    One of Sydney's iconic fountains, it's a great place to meet friends, or just sit and watch the world go by.
  • June 4, 2017
    Stunning. Have a sit. Have a walk. Have a cig. Have some coffee. Have the time of your life.

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