Tuesday, September 15, 2009

water fountain

The coolest water fountain in all of Paris has to be the one in Place St Sulpice in St Germain.
Three lovely ladies carry a roof from which a stream of water falls. Perfect for water bottles as seen in the first photo of a bike rider.Surprises around every corner!

9 comments:

le style et la matière said...

Aren't the lovely ladies kind to work so tirelessly? Fountains like this are dispersed throughout Paris in fact. They were installed by an English philantropist/collector named Wallace to provide drinking water for all. There is also one in New Orleans in Decateur Street!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I had no idea, thanks matiere! I'm going to have to look that up online for some more history -fascinating! I wonder now if I saw more of these fountains and didn't realize.

Sam said...

Thats a water fountain? Wow! Nothing like the ones we used to have in elementary school.

xx,
Samantha

C said...

Water sprites! Richard Wallace wanted to provide the poor and homeless with a source of water since the price of water had increased and the temptation was to turn to liquor. Apparently there are still 66 of these water fountains around paris!

Julio said...

Great images Stefan. I remembered seeing these but never realized they were water fountains. I'm glad you posted this. I'm also appreciative of the information about these fountains shared by your visitors. This Richard Wallace was apparently a caring individual.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

yes, Julio -thanks to C and Matiere! I'm a big history geek about stuff like this -i can't wait to look up more information on Wallace tonight!

little augury said...

I do love a fellow history geek and Your eye for catching the beauty of EVERYTHING, and not just the obvious. I hope you sketched while there! GT

Lascaux Tile said...

Thank you for sharing this! The "fishscale" motif design is very similar to the Domes at the Basilica Sacre Coeur/ limestone domes.

There is nothing like a good fish scale pattern (:
Lenore

IVAN TERESTCHENKO said...

The Parisians have another version. They believe a tramp sold the fountains to a naive American visitor, a certain Mister Wallace.