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Archibald Fountain, Sydney

Categories: Fountains, Tourist Spots
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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 is a gift from JF Archibald to the people of Sydney to commemorate friendship with the French and Australian involvement in WWI on French soil. The fountain was built in France ...  read more »
  • Very pretty fountain in Hyde Park, a very nice place to relax. Located not far from the subway and the city centre.
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  • Nice gardens great sights Very relaxing A lot of people walking around here If you want a nice relaxing time to sit around and then a nice stroll around the gardens come here. 
  • This is one of those classic fountains you expect to see in great cities. A mini version of something really majestic you'd see in Paris which is no surprise since the sculptor was French and the fountain was commissioned to commemorate the association of Australia & France during WWI
  • At night a intresting place for photographers
  • Fantastic place to sit and stop - share a coffee with a friend - watch the hook billed birds fly past. JF Archibald commissioned this sculpture to Francois Secard, a French artist who never saw the piece in place. The flow and spray of water amidst figures from Greek mythology is surprisingly relaxing. Apollo at the top, Diana the hunter, Theseus and the minotaur and some bloke with a couple of sheep - which is ironic given the significance of sheep to the Australian economy. The fountain serves as a monument to the close connection between Australia and France - the result of fighting together in the trenches of WW1.
  • Really cool fountain. Good place for meetup.and photo ops.
  • Admittedly this place if full of tourists, but it's a great spot to take a well earned rest on the grass and to do some people watching. All sorts of folk around; wedding parties, workers on lunch break, tourists, families, drunks... One downer was seeing a local Aussie lad scream through the walking path on his cycle almost knowing over two asian kids. He then burst out in some foul racist abuse and was gone before I could say anything ... shame. Despite that... well worth a visit.
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