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Archibald Fountain Hyde Park
One of Sydney’s most photographed landmarks
The fountain is a war memorial to honor the alliance established between Australia and France during the first World War and is listed on the NSW state heritage register. It is a significant piece of Art Deco sculpture in Sydney’s Hyde Park.
The fountain was generously presented to the people of Sydney as a gift by J.F. Archibald, the founding editor of the Bulletin. The fountain was designed by French sculptor Francois Sicard, and incorporates elements from ancient Greek culture.
Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore said “The Archibald Fountain is one of Sydney’s most photographed landmarks, and is a nationally significant sculpture,”
The hexagonal fountain is around 18 metres in diameter. A bronze Apollo stands in the centre, with mythical figures Diana, Pan and the Minotaur depicted in the work. A large arch of spray represents the rising sun, while water also spouts from horses’ heads. Tortoises and dolphins direct jets of water toward the centre.
More detailed information: www.cityartsydney.com.au/artwork/archibald-memorial-fountain/
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