Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Watery Wednesday

The Mercury Fountain at Market Square in Reston Town Centre, Reston, Virginia.This very enjoyable meme - Watery Wednesday - is hosted by 2sweetnsaxy. You can see other watery photos by clicking on the logo below.

Something that may be of interest to our Brazilian friends is that Brazilian-born sculptor, Saint Clair Cemin, designed the fountain. Reaching a height of 20 feet, it is crowned with a bronze figure of the winged messenger Mercury. There are bronze “trumpets” along the column of the fountain from which the water flows. Here is a side view of its base.
Mercury was the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Hermes, messenger of the gods, god of prosperity and of thieves. His attributes were a purse, a winged cap and a caduceus. In case you are wondering what a caduceus is, click here.

28 comments:

Regina said...

Beautiful shots.

Guy D said...

Wow what a unique fountain, great shot Denise.

Cheers
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Ebie said...

I salute to the Brazilian designer. A very unique and interesting design. I thought I saw acrobats. A beautiful post Denise.

Ebie said...

I forgot to tell you, I used to be able to click and enlarge your photo, not this time.

Kay said...

I love fountains. It's amazing how artistic and creative the people are who thought of the different ways to make water dance.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

What a fabulous fountain. A great subject for WW Denise. A x

Audun said...

Great fountain. Thanks for sharing

luna miranda said...

that's a very interesting fountain! great design.

jeannette stgermain said...

a very elegant fountain - beautiful - thanks for sharing!

Arija said...

What a superb fountain with Mercury poised on top as though he were about to surf down those spouts. It certainly is on the grand scale but so fitting for a public place.
Beautifully photographed and presented.

Maria Berg said...

I want to stand on that top and then dive into the water.

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Ginger said...

I love to see different fountains. This one is spectacular.

Eve said...

You go so many beautiful places Denise!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That is one cool fountain.

mommanator said...

great pics and lovely fountain

Margaret Cloud said...

The fountain is really nice, the photos are great. Hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend.

Deb said...

what a cool fountain...great photos...

JC said...

That's amazing ... I love fountains ...

2sweetnsaxy said...

I really enjoy water features and fountains. This one if fantastic and thanks for the info on it and the artist! Great shots. :-)

imac said...

Great shots of a great fountain.

Cezar and Léia said...

This massive fountain is very beautiful and it's nice to know that it was projected by a Brazilian born designer!
hugs
Léia

Amanda Guthrie said...

This is just down right cool!What an unusual fountain. the base remind me of the one I saw at Hearst Castle.

Happily Retired Gal said...

Marvelous multiple views of this wonderful statue and fountain! I also love the photo in your header.
Hugs and blessings,

Island Style said...

This fountain capture is so cool..hey, happy watery wednesday-

Mary said...

Beautiful fountain and I love your header photo of the goslings.

VALKYRIEN said...

What a magnificent fountain! It looks really tall! Great shots Denise, love it!

diane said...

A magnificent fountain and a great shot of it. I learn something everyday from blogging, but will I remember???

Bim said...

I like this fountain a lot. Thanks also for the info that comes with the photo :)