More useful drinking fountains, this time from the streets of Paris where all the drinking fountains are painted green to blend into the background.
This is the small model of the Wallace fountains. These are simple push button fountains that one can find in squares and public gardens and are marked with the Parisian Seal (although the one installed on the Place des Invalides doesn’t have this seal). They are very familiar to mothers who bring their children to play in the many small parks in Paris.
The more elaborate design is the larger model which was created by Charles-Auguste Lebourg who improved Wallace’s sketches, already studied and thought-provoking, to make the fountains true works of art.
For the large model, Lebourg created four caryatids representing kindness, simplicity, charity and sobriety. Each one is different from her sisters, by the way she bends her knees and by where her tunic is tucked into her blouse.
The one above can be found at the Flower Market ( Marché aux Fleurs). Situated on the Île de la Cité in the middle of the Seine the flower market is open every day of the week and is always a pleasant peaceful haven.
Richard Wallace designed the fountains himself and intended them to be beautiful as well as useful.