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Children's Fountain - City Park, Denver, Colorado
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 39° 44.679 W 104° 56.856
13S E 504489 N 4399417
Quick Description: Sculpture and fountain commissioned by Denver Mayor Speer as part of the City Beautiful campaign
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 12/6/2009 12:13:27 PM
Waymark Code: WM7VAB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member condor1
Views: 3

Long Description:
The sculpture was created in 1913 by the French artist Max Blondet working in Paris. Max Blondat was a very famous French sculptor. He was born at Crain, France on 30th November 1872. He studied under Thomas, Mathurin- Moreau and Valton and exhibited in the Salon des Artistes Francais from 1911-1914 and from 1920-1923. He received many awards, culminating in the cross of Officer of the Legion of Honour in 1925. He died in Paris in 1926. During the 1940s, the fountain was defaced and damaged by Anti-German citizens.

The Children's Fountain was restored with plaster in the 1950s, but by the 1970s these efforts began to fail. By this time the neighborhood had also decomposed and there was no initiative to restore this city treasure.

In the 1990s, the community rallied around neighborhood renewal efforts and plans to resuscitate the park included a restoration of the fountain. (Excerpted from (visit link)

UPDATE: The sculptures of the children have been repaired. Feet and noses have been replaced! (visit link)
TITLE: Children's Fountain (aka Dusseldorf Fountain)

ARTIST(S): Max Blondat and Henry Charpeat

DATE: Installed ca. 1912. Relocated 1917. Dedicated 1918.

MEDIUM: Marble and cement

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS CO000021

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Denver City Park


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
The damage to the sculptures on the fountain has been repaired. The marble feet have been replaced as well as the nose and damage to the cheek of the middle girl. The fountain has been cleaned. The fountain does not work as a fountain - it is still just a sculpture. This link (http://denver.yourhub.com/Denver/Stories/News/General-News/Story~556761.aspx) explains about the project.


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