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Forsyth Park Fountain - The Full Reveal

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 13 February 2020 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

France, at that time, was a nation much admired by Savannah’s elite. When the city decided, in the late 1850s, to improve its new park, it did so with French parks and squares, as well as the idea of the boulevard-promenade, in mind. Inspired by the example of the fountains of Paris, Savannah resolved to obtain a fountain of its own for Forsyth Park, which would serve several purposes.

First, the water and its spray would provide a much-needed cooling factor during hot summer afternoons in the park. Second, it would serve as a decorative centerpiece for Forsyth Park in keeping with the then-emerging fashion for large items of ornamental ironwork as aids to domestic and civic beautification. Third, the fountain would provide a terminal focus of the Bull Street boulevard, of which the main path through Forsyth Park provided a continuation.

In March of 1858, Savannah’s council selected a committee to choose a suitable fountain to complement the other improvements planned for the park. The structure they chose was an ornate, cast iron fountain, its two tiers topped by a figure of a robed woman holding a staff. The basins are decorated with a relief leaf pattern, the upper tier more elaborately embellished with a scene of wading birds and rushes reminiscent of Georgia’s lowcountry landscape.

The fountain, as originally designed and installed, incorporates four spouting triton figures carrying shell horns (representing the mythological Greek messenger of the sea, half man and half fish), positioned on blocks at the immediate base of its lower pedestal. These have since been repositioned in the basin.

Brick paving, possibly to cut down on mud from wind-blown water, was installed around the fountain in 1860, and its ornamental perimeter iron railing within the next decade. The spouting swans in the basin and the urns at the pedestal base were added in 1870.

The fountain’s characteristic spray effect dates from 1873, introduced then as a water conservation measure. For many decades the fountain ran only in the afternoons, as it lacked a recirculator that made it reasonable to run it all the time without excessive water wastage. Full time operation of the fountain awaited the installation of a recirculating pump, added at some time around the 1930's.

After getting to the fountain, I was happy to find the right angle to capture this fountain with the sun behind me. :-)

Photo captured October 8, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/6.7 ISO 200 31 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Interesting story from this fountain.
A beautiful photo.

13 Feb 2020 5:42am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Magnifique fontaine !

13 Feb 2020 6:21am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It is really gorgeous

13 Feb 2020 6:21am

By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

Very pretty this photo in the colors of summer. It's nice to see flowers and water under the sun.

13 Feb 2020 6:34am

yoshimiparis from France

a photo taken in summer
Beautiful fountain with all these pretty flowers around

13 Feb 2020 6:39am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Vraiment superbe cette fontaine ..merci pour les explications
Bonne journée

13 Feb 2020 7:10am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Pretty style!

13 Feb 2020 7:37am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Piece of Art.

13 Feb 2020 7:39am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Jolie prise

13 Feb 2020 8:15am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very beautiful

13 Feb 2020 9:17am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Magnifique cette fontaine !

13 Feb 2020 9:25am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

belle fontaine

13 Feb 2020 9:35am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Après la présentation en plan rapproché, la voici dans son ensemble et elle est très belle.
Bonne journée Steven

13 Feb 2020 9:51am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Yes nicely captured and comprehensive historical info to go with it

13 Feb 2020 10:27am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A very impressive fountain with interesting information Steven.

13 Feb 2020 12:31pm

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

This is a lovely fountain.

13 Feb 2020 12:44pm

jean pierre from Paris, France

tres belle cette fontaine!! amts

13 Feb 2020 1:56pm

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Beautiful style of fountain in a superb sunshine day !

13 Feb 2020 2:35pm

Devi from Chennai, India

A very interesting history here..
A lovely image here..Love the way you have captured the water spurting here :))

13 Feb 2020 2:53pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

what a stunning fountain and so beautifully captured

13 Feb 2020 3:22pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautiful light and color. Impressive fountain

13 Feb 2020 3:56pm

Don from Spokane, United States

It's a great looking fountain. Commentary helps.

13 Feb 2020 4:36pm

Sudipto Sarkar from Hyderabad, India

A well capture image, Steven... And a well thought out design of the fountain... :)

13 Feb 2020 4:46pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful photo of this fountain . Thank you for the History .

13 Feb 2020 5:20pm

Rose from United States

It is beautiful...

13 Feb 2020 5:31pm

willy from Belgium

une très belle photo estivale de cette fontaine Steven

et des informations intéressantes

13 Feb 2020 6:30pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This is a wonderful photo tour you are giving us, and interesting history to go with it.

13 Feb 2020 6:54pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame, colors & lights!

13 Feb 2020 7:02pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Vraiment magnifique cette fontaine , histoire très attrayante.

13 Feb 2020 9:13pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

The marigolds add more colours to the fountain.

13 Feb 2020 9:38pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

very nice wide view. it might be fun on shots like this to experiment with shutter speed, to see whether a blurred stream of water from some of the sources would also be an interesting photo

14 Feb 2020 12:40am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Superbe cette fontaine inspirée par la culture Françaises.

14 Feb 2020 1:03am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is a gorgeous fountain. I love the sculpture and the water sprays. It is beautiful.

14 Feb 2020 1:54am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle fontaine tout en blanc ave clé jet dans son écrin de verdure
Merci et bonne journée

14 Feb 2020 3:32am

Ginnie Hart from Suwanee, Netherlands

All of these images from this series, Steven, would make an incredible tourist brochure, seriously, Steven!

14 Feb 2020 6:06am

mauro brando from Perth, Mauritius

Nice shot, very nice place

14 Feb 2020 12:43pm

Remus from Portugal

Also in this photo the whiteness of the fountain is highlighted.

14 Feb 2020 3:14pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

what a decorative fountain this is, such wonderful details and lovely colors

14 Feb 2020 4:03pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Very spectaculaire fountain.

14 Feb 2020 4:48pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Des Valentines et Valentins partout !.... :))

14 Feb 2020 9:00pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I love to see green contrasted against a blue sky.

15 Feb 2020 8:49am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

What a wonderful photo of this beautiful fountain! I remember staring at it for a long time when I was in Savannah... and as you've featured the past week, looking at every piece of it!

17 Feb 2020 4:12am