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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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  • What a wonderful fountain this is and for me is as impressive as the Trevi in Rome. It has some beautiful sculptures and a lovely centrepiece with the water cascading around it. With St Mary's Cathedr...  more »
  • One of the best features of a fairly dull Hyde Park. Pleasant backdrop to your lunch or short break from work.  more »
  • Right in the center of Hyde Park, Archibald Fountain is hard to miss. It's great to walk by and people watch, have a picnic or just walk through on your way to the botanic gardens or barracks museum.  more »
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  • Nice walk in the park. The fountain was initially created to be a French one but... has Ancient Greek statues!
  • Gets a bit crowded but the views of the cathedral are nice.
  • 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
  • wonderful fountain to relax and simply slow down to admire life.
  • At night a intresting place for photographers