Fountain Challenge # 36 a grand fountain

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Stately fountains for me are, as mentioned before, fountains in the grounds of Versailles, fountains in the grounds of other castles and stately homes or those grand, grand fountains you see in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, London, etc. built to impress! I wouldn’t qualify the above as stately, however, we have been doing loose interpretations of stately for the most part this month, with one or two exceptions, and so I submit this as a Swiss stately fountain, why this is as good as it gets see here. This is a beautiful fountain, absolutely, intricately designed, a lot of detail on the statues, water jets asymmetrically spouting, in a most un-swiss manner, I would say, it is a grand fountain, absolutely, stately perhaps not, but very beautiful. I have discovered another challenge to photographing fountains in Switzerland, due to the utilitarian nature of its population, and the small amount of space available, fountains are often occluded by building work, building panels, signs with posters on them or just by well placed street signs and signals, it means you need to do a lot of walking around a fountain until you can find a nice angle. The fountain’s water is drinking water, as in most Swiss fountains, considering the volume of 50 000 litres quite impressive. The fountain’s bowl is bronze and the largest single piece of bronze ever cast in Switzerland. The three figures on the fountain symbolise the 3 ages of man, youth, middle-age and old age. Animal and human figures adorn the pedestal, water spurts from their open mouths. The fountain was designed by Alexander Zschokke. For more information in German follow this link.For more information in German follow this link.

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Animal and human figures adorn the pedestal, water spurts from their open mouths. The fountain was designed by Alexander Zschokke. For more information in German follow this link.For more information in German follow this link.fountain-4

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Last weeks submissions include TGeriatrix Neptun fountain, Chava’s ornate fountain, both fountains not super stately in the Versailles sense, but grand? Absolutely. Jude  has a lovely fountain from Barcelona, Kaz has an absolute classic for us this week, Trevi fountain in Rome, and that’s it for the loyal submitters .). Thanks all of you for sticking with the challenge and submitting your photos!

If you want to join in feel free,

Guidelines:

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. Or add he URL below this post🙂 (Ian).

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.

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21 thoughts on “Fountain Challenge # 36 a grand fountain

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    By the way, does this count as stately fountain (pictures taken in Menton) ?

  2. From Barcelona back to Paris this week for me (not in reality unfortunately) with what I consider to be a grand fountain and no-one else has published it so far! I rather like your asymmetrically spouting fountain – the water looks very clean!
    Have a good week Poli – I’m in the middle of a rotten head cold which puts me off my favourite things in life; coffee and wine!

    • Hello there, well too many grand cities might be too much for you Jude, so enjoy being back home. Paris is of course always worth a visit isn’t it?! Thanks for submitting curious to see what you have found 🙂

    • I have walked past it so many times and never looked at it properly. But when you do look at it you see the beauty in the intricate and playful design 🙂 thanks for stopping by Nell

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