Fountain Challenge # 30 fountains that made me smile – the cheeky money


Fountains that make me smile, this one invariably does. It is situated in a pretty little square in the city of Basel, next to a restaurant called the Roter Engel (Red Angel), which serves great snacks, and big steaming bowls of hot milky coffee, good art-work on the walls and lots of student housing adverts on the walls. It’s a typical student place but like its simplicity and charm, you can read the paper there, play a game of chess and it’s all very relaxing. I don’t do this often, but I like the idea…There is a pretty fountain, with a monkey eating grapes, sitting on top. Iphone zooms are rarely very good, but you get a sense of the fountain anway.


And while the monkey is fun, and I was having fun, this young man most definitely was not. I didn’t seek to keep him in the picture, but he wasn’t going anywhere, oblivious to the world around, perhaps waiting for a date that didn’t arrive? Or more likely he is waiting for a recalcitrant and tardy student to whom he is expected to teach advanced mathematics, latin or greek by despairing but optimistic paying parents?


So it’s been a while since I linked back to the submissions you have made on the photo challenge! Chava often submits fountains from Ecuador, and this artistic fountain, that reminds me of a vertical pony tail is one of them. TGeriatrix submitted a really interesting fountain, it looks like a sort of tree of life and reminds me of the very expensive ironwork  lamps by Catellani and Smith, for example the albero della luce, I have wanted one for years, but like Cynthia ,  I still need a palace to put this type of object in, or perhaps my own personal bank with a large lobby….. In TGertiatrix’ fountain there is water gushing inside the globe, the ground around the fountain is tiled and makes me think that the fountain is standing on a stylised globe representing the Earth. Lovely fountain and very artistic indeed! Do go have a look at this one. Nowathome submits another lovely nymph in a garden center, yours for some small change, you can actually own this one! Another Chava fountain, one that makes you smile, from LA county museum, Kaz submits some wonderful photos of the fountain of giant soap bubbles from Sydney featuring the grand Archibald fountain, small girls and  soap bubbles, beautiful images, must see – go have a look at Kaz’ blog. Charles joins us again with a beautiful shot of a group of fountains at the Greensboro Science Center in the US, excellent indeed. And Jude submits the fountain, that takes the cake while taking the P*** – a fountain in Prague she describes it as follows:  ” two bronze statues, urinating on a map of the Czech republic and you can text a personal message to the number next to the exhibit and they will “waggle” their bronze penises around to spell it for you” – you must go see this one, it really is excellent.  Some of the fountain submissions remind me of children’s books, like Charlie and the Chocolate factory, and this large tap fountain, could just as easily be dispensing chocolate as water…

If you want to join in the fountain challenge the theme for this month is fountains that made you smile, for whatever reason. I am finding that my categories are challenging me too, but that’s half the fun. So find a fountain, find a story and join in!

  • September: Fun fountains – fountains that made you smile


I shall post a fountain each Friday within a particular theme which will change each month. You are invited to join in by posting one or more of your own fountains within the month that fit into the theme and either add a link (ping-back) in your post to mine or link to it in a comment on my post.

To make it easier to find everyone’s posts, perhaps you could add the TagFountain Series‘.

You don’t have to post on a Friday.  Any day in the month will do. If you have loads of pictures that fit into a theme, feel free to post several times during the month or create a gallery or whatever works best for you.

15 thoughts on “Fountain Challenge # 30 fountains that made me smile – the cheeky money

      • not much hunting there – you can find them all over the place, however, you could go down to the Rhein and see if you can spot the Basilisk fountain that faces away from the Rhein and not towards the Rhein, there is only one..! And the reason is an interesting one. Good luck!

      • It’s the one in front of the cathedral so you can take photos with both the Basilisk and the cathedral 😉

        Yes, they are everywhere but you have to look to find all the ones that are carved into buildings, etc. I went all the way to Lange Erlen just to take a photo of the big one outside the park.

      • Hi Bev – indeed it is, I see you have been taking your Basilisk search seriously – but it’s on the Kleinbasel side of the river, according to what I read. Can’t remember a big one outside Lange Erlen, I will need to read your post to learn more about them then! Poli

      • The big one outside Lange Erlen is a counterpart to the big one on Wettsteinbrücke.

        Yes, the cathedral one is on the Kleinbasel side – I meant opposite the cathedral, on the other side of the river 🙂

      • Ok so thats the one i read about in the newspaper the other day :)!! Theres a big one on the wettstrinbrücke? Now u mention it i believe you are right and i remember seeing it!

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