There’s almost nothing in the world more soothing than the sounds of flowing water. So it’s no surprise that throughout the history of mankind, our society has constructed gorgeous fountains all over the world not only as inspiring pieces of beautiful artwork, but as reflections of what different global cultures represent.
In Australia, water fountains have a strong connection to the past. In Hornsby, New South Wales, the Hornsby Water Clock sits at the epicenter of the Florence Street mall. Open for public viewing starting in 1993, this fascinating sculpture/water fountain hybrid made from bronze, stainless steel and glass tells the time and rings a bell at the top of every hour. There’s the El Alamein Memorial Fountain in Sydney, which was built to commemorate the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the fighting in El Alamein, Egypt during WWII. The El Alamein fountain has received worldwide acclaim, winning several architectural awards and has been imitated by several other designers.
Or, as featured in the infographic below, the Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park, Sydney. Named after J.F. Archibald, a prominent Australian magazine owner and publisher who provided the funding for its construction. Designed by French artist and sculptor François-Léon Sicard and prominently features several figures from Greek and Roman mythology enacting a variety of poses. The fountain is very well known throughout Australia and is considered one of its finest pieces of artwork; its also been a place for political rallies or even day workers to sit and have lunch on one of the many park benches located in the area!
But that’s just Australia. As mentioned before, fountains all over the world have been established for a variety of reasons. Continue on to the infographic below, with fun facts provided by LuxeWaterWalls, to learn more about all of the amazing fountains you’ll be wishing to travel to!