Friday Fountain Challenge: October

Witley Court in Worcestershire boasts a restored working fountain which represents Perseus and Andromeda and reaches the original high cascades when fired on the hour between 11 am and 4 pm.

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If you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules

This month she is looking for stately or ornate fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: October

One of my favourite fountains is in the Jardin Anglais in Geneva, Switzerland. This large bronze fountain with its superposed basins borne by naiads was the work of the Parisian sculptor Alexis André in 1862.

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THE NAIADES were fresh-water Nymphs who inhabited the rivers, streams, lakes, marshes, fountains and springs of the earth. They were immortal, minor divinities who were invited to attend the assemblies of the gods on Mount Olympos.

Don’t you just love the rounded bellies and dimpled knees?

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and the wonderful folds of the drapes; the texture of the rope.

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This month she is looking for stately or ornate fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: September

Returning to Prague, this has to be one of the funniest fountains ever seen. The peeing fountain can be found in front of the Franz Kafka museum.

Called Proudy, the peeing statues made of bronze was finished in 2004 by the famous (and oftentimes controversial) artist David Černý, the same one who made the crawling babies.

There is more to these men than simply looking like they’re peeing in a pool shaped like the country. Not only do they move realistically with an electric mechanism driven by a couple microprocessors, but they are actually writing out quotes from famous Prague residents with the streams of water.

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Affectionately titled, “Piss”, it features two gyrating, mechanical men urinating on a map of the Czech Republic. Text a personal message to the number next to the exhibit and these chaps will happily waggle their bronze penises around to spell it out for you.

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This month she is looking for fun fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: August

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This might not look like a fountain initially, but come a little closer

Bronze Philodendrun Leaf

Bronze Philodendrun Leaf

See that drip at the end of the beautiful bronze leaf?

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The Water Garden at Kiftsgate Court Garden is very different in style to the rest of the garden, being much more contemporary. The twenty-four stainless steel stems are topped with gilded bronze leaves moulded from a philodendron. They sway in the breeze and water drips from the leaves providing a soothing and relaxing tranquil spot in the busy garden.

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This month she is looking for artistic fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: August

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This beautiful bronze Venus fountain is in the Wallenstein Garden in Prague. Well worth a visit if you are ever in the city.  The geometric early-Baroque garden by the Wallenstein Palace was built in Italian style in 1620s.

The important Dutch sculptor Adriaen de Vries made a series of sculptures for the Wallenstein Garden in 1626. The sculptures represent figures from Greek mythology and they are valuable Mannerist works of art. These sculptures were took away as a war booty by the Swedish army in 1648 and they can still be seen in the garden of Drootningholm castle in Sweden. You can see replicas of these sculptures in the Wallenstein Garden.

The only sculpture given back to Prague is Venus with Amor and a dolphin by Benedikt Wurzelbauer from 1599. It is placed in the Prague Castle Gallery and there is a replica in the Wallenstein Garden. You can see it at the bronze fountain in front of the sala terrena.

For the life of me I can’t understand why I didn’t take a photo from the front, but I didn’t. I do have other photos of the garden though, so maybe I should write a post about it.

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This month she is looking for artistic fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: July

Whilst visiting Geneva a few years ago I took a day trip over to the beautiful flora-filled Medieval town of Yvoire on the French side of Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) specifically to visit the Garden of Five Senses. Being such a pretty town I also wandered around the back streets to see what else I could photograph and came across several drinking fountains (so much more sensible than having to buy plastic bottles of water) including this one.

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I quite like the shape of the ‘bath’ beneath the fountain spout.

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This month she is looking for stone fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: July

Stone fountains can be found in Prague too.

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Kohl Fountain in the Second Courtyard of Prague Castle
Also called Lion Fountain due to its sculpted decoration. Originating from 1686, it is one of the oldest in Prague. The sandstone fountain used to be a substantial part of Prague Castle’s water system. It was one of the largest castle water reservoirs, used, among other purposes, to extinguish fires. The basin has a quatrefoil ground plan. Next to it is a well with an iron cage.  Source: Prague Fountains

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This month she is looking for stone fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.