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10 phenomenal public fountains

By: Josh Lew on July 17, 2013, 6:21 p.m.
The Archibald Fountain in Sydney at night

Photo: David Lam/flickr

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Archibald Fountain, Sydney, Australia

This neoclassical fountain in Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia, is widely considered one of the finest fountains south of the equator. Sculptures of Greek and Roman deities and legends, such as Diana, Apollo and Theseus (founder of Athens and killer of the mythical Minotaur), give the installation a classical feel.

The fountain is a gathering place for locals, who lounge on the benches or listen to buskers, who come to the area in the evening. Water shoots from nozzles surrounding the statue, and in a lighthearted addition, from turtle sculptures that seem to be gazing up at the statues from the corners of the pool.