Friday Fountain Challenge: May

This month Polianthus is looking for fountains featuring people or animals. This interesting looking black swan basilisk dragon / scultone* was captured in the Carouge district of Geneva. Such a fabulous place for spotting artistic fountains!


Carouge had been a separate entity from Geneva until 1816. Most of the buildings in Carouge were designed by architects from Turin, as commissioned by the King of Sardinia at the time which may account for the feeling I had of being in Italy.

*A sort of dragon basilisk in Sardinia, Italy. The Scultone lived in bushlands and was immortal. It was known to have the power to kill human beings with its gaze

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.


39 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    Jude I think you may have found one of the most unique fountains on the planet. I’m not sure I would want to run my hand under the water of the beast spewing away but what an eye catcher!

    1. Heyjude says:

      There were several of these in Carouge, fascinating beasts!

  2. Arkenaten says:

    There be dragons! Lovely photograph, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes. A dragon not a swan! There must be a reason.

  3. polianthus says:

    What a beautiful fountain Jude, I’ve never seen one like it, magnificent and in Geneva again too, It seems I need to take a train down one day thanks for this find Poli

    1. Heyjude says:

      Geneva and Montreux fountains really took my fancy! There will be more 🙂

  4. A great photo of flowers, trees, water and dragon. Saw my first operating ones today with Jo, although I suspect her heart was most grabbed by trams!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, hope you both had a great day. I’m sure you will get on like a house on fire though I have a feeling Jo would wear me out, she has so much energy!! And as you know I like to stroll…slowly.

      1. We walked the length of the main street at a very leisurely pace, ate a leisurely lunch, and conducted a galloping conversation – in English, hallelujah!!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Haha, yes I can imagine the conversation. Rather like us! Keeping you up until midnight.

        2. Unfortunately Jo had to head back at 4ish, so no midnight – but wine for lunch!

        3. Heyjude says:

          What a shame, I was imaging you both around the kitchen table with a bottle and nattering away 🙂

        4. That was a Jude and Meg special.

        5. Heyjude says:

          One to repeat if you manage to get over to the UK this year 🙂

        6. Now there’s an incentive!

  5. Really gorgeous fountain, Jude. I’d love one of these in my backyard. 🙂

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Another masterpiece Jude, do you have any water in your garden?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Only when it rains 😀

  7. restlessjo says:

    Handsome beastie Jude! Guess what me and Meg found in Lodz today? I was so challenged by the process of getting there I forgot to be nervous. What a lovely lady and a fabulous day xxx

    1. Heyjude says:

      She’s bloomin’ marvellous isn’t she? Glad you had a great day together. So… you found a fountain? Wild flowers? Trams????

      1. restlessjo says:

        All of those! A full on family gathering in Adams BBQ house- no joke- in the second half of the day. I’m in recovery

  8. Robyn Haynes says:

    Love this fountain – I want one!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I believe there were four swans on this fountain as well as all the flowers – simply superb!

      1. Robyn Haynes says:

        I wonder when it was made?

        1. Heyjude says:

          I can’t find out anything about them. Geneva fountains just brings up the jet d’eau 😦

        2. Robyn Haynes says:

          I had a closer look at this fountain and wonder if it is really a stylised swan. It looks more like some mythical dragon. Beautiful nevertheless.

        3. Heyjude says:

          Yes, having looked at it again I think it IS a dragon. Wonder why I had it in mind that it was a swan?

    2. Heyjude says:

      I wonder if it is a product of the Sardinian heritage? Apparently a dragon named “scultone” or “ascultone” appears in legends in Sardinia, Italy. It had the power to kill human beings with its gaze.

      1. Robyn Haynes says:

        Fascinating! You could be be on to something there. I’ll look into it.

  9. He is quite unusual and his face is very fierce.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Someone mentioned a dragon face, and I think that is correct. Definitely not very swan-like 🙂

  10. joannesisco says:

    oooo – a combination of 2 things I really like – fountains and interesting statues!! Nice find!

    1. Heyjude says:

      And you have to cross a bridge to get here too 😀

  11. pommepal says:

    What a wicked red eye he has…

  12. What a sinister fountain!

  13. Definitely a dragon I think (it has a nose rather than a beak) – but I can’t decide if it is a menacing one or a friendly one.

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