Archibald Fountain is one of unmistakable Sydney landmarks. Being the centerpiece of the Hyde Park it features on numerous postcards and in every tourist book as a major attraction. The fountain has been a pride of Sydney since 1932. The fountain is a creation of sculptor Francois Sicard.
The fountain’s main feature is a magnificent figure of slender and yet very strong Apollo. Sicard chose this Greek mythology figure as:” Apollo represents the Arts (Beauty and Light). Apollo holds out his right arm as a sign of protection, and spreads his benefits over all Nature, whilst he holds the Lyre in his left hand. Apollo is the warmth which vivifies, giving life to all Nature. At the touch of his rays, men awake, trees and fields become green, the animals go out into the fields, and men go to work at dawn.”
Today however, I did not see Apollo as the protector. Looking into the sun and practically seeing only the water spray from the fountain the young mythological god looked like an aggressor. His slender figure was gone and it was replaced by heavy build, muscular man. It is amazing how a little spray of water can alter what we see.