Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Repost: Paris Fountains

Let’s talk l'eau pronounced 'loow' water.

On Paris streets you'll find many types of fountains: les Wallace, les Bornes, les Millénaire, fontaines de l'Albien and fontaines eau pétillante. That's not counting the fountains in the squares or in the 14 Paris cemetaries which hold 81 fountains. 

But Les fontaines Wallace were named after the British philanthropist and art collector  Sir Richard Wallace, who financed the installation of 50 fountains throughout Paris after the Franco-Prussian war left the city with almost no clean drinking water. Designed by a French man, these iconic fountains of the Paris streetscape. They are uniformly painted a deep emerald green.

The largest model, nicknamed the 'Brasserie des quatre femmes'  (brewery of the four women), sports four caryatides each symbolizing kindness, simplicity, charity and sobriety.

Cara - Tuesday

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