Friday Fountain Challenge: Urban

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.

drinking fountain

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.

if you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules. I’m sure she would love to see you.


21 thoughts on “Friday Fountain Challenge: Urban

  1. Hello my dear Jude – what an intriguing story, history and fountains all rolled into one, thanks for contributing these and sharing their story, and it seems I missed another one, how remiss of me. Thanks for sharing your fountains with me Poli!

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  3. We have only been through Paris and never spent any real time there. I love how something I might have seen like this would have no significance to me. Thank you for the background.

    • Oh, how I wish I did Gilly! No, I have only been three times in my life sad to say, but I do love exploring its streets. So much to see.

      • I’ve only been once but I do have a rubbish shot of that particular fountain. 🙂 I thought it was beautiful but there were people weaving about and I got all wonky. Well, that’s my excuse, anyway. 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful history lesson.

        • I don’t like driving in big cities (or even towns these days), but I love exploring them on foot or public transport. Paris just has so much to look at. I think it is my favourite city, though I liked Lisbon too which is smaller to walk around. 2-3 days is enough though!

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