Archibald Fountain, Sydney

Archibald Fountain, Sydney

Largely regarded as the finest public fountain in Australia, the Archibald fountain has become over the years a spot for tourist photographs, political rallies, a meeting place and a spot where buskers perform. It is named in honour of J.F. Archibald, the owner and editor of the Bulletin Magazine who provided the funds for its construction.

J.F. Archibald bequeathed funds under his will for the construction of the fountain and stipulated that it should be designed by a French artist. He was both a Francophile and wanted it to be a memorial to the association of Australia and France in fighting World War I. Archibald died in 1919 but an artist was selected only in 1927 after the selection of a suitable site was made. The artist was Francois Leon Sicard born in Tours, France. It was unveiled in 1932 by the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Samuel Walder.

The Archibald Fountain consists of the central figure of the Greek God Apollo and three plinths radiating from the central figure. One plinth is dedicated to Diana the Goddess of purity, the other represents the good things on earth and the third has a sculpture of Theseus killing a Minotaur representing sacrifice for the good of humanity. Sicard never visited Sydney. The sculpture was cast in France and shipped to Australia for its installation and inauguration in the city.

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Sight Name: Archibald Fountain
Sight Location: Sydney, Australia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Landmarks Walking Tour in Sydney  

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