Friday, July 20, 2012

Fountains and Sculptures


This weekend, I'm taking you for a tour of fountains and sculptures. It's been so hot in NY with temperatures in the 90's that cooling off by a fountain sounds like a good idea! I took the first photo at Lasdon Park and Arboretum in Somers, in the countryside of NY. Lovely traditional gardens here and a beautiful fountain in the entrance to the park. I love the summer sunlight shining through!


This is a collage of two fountains at Ridge Hill, Yonkers, in the suburbs of NY. A more modern design. I love how the water forms circular motions.


Here, we are in New York City, at the corner of Park Avenue and East 40th Street. The fountain also has a modern design with a lovely marble structure (and of course skyscrapers in the background).


We're not in NY anymore. I took this photograph of a fountain in one of the town squares in Salerno, Southern Italy. The dolphins are magical and the building in the background is so picturesque.


But there are dolphins in NY, too, and mermaids at the Rockefeller Center. There are several of these fountains in the entrance as you walk towards the center, surrounded by beautiful flowers.


This is probably one of the most photographed sculptures, right in front of the Rockefeller Center building, the statue of Prometheus. There is a reflection of the statue in the granite wall behind it. 


And here is a fun fountain at Madison Square Park in New York City in a playground for children. Splash! Kids keep cool here playing in the water!

Sharing my photos with Friday My Town Shoot Out!, where the prompt is "public art"; and with Pixel Dust Photo Art, where the theme is "light." Please visit http://mytownshootout.blogspot.com/ and http://www.pixeldustphotoart.com/  for more artsy photos. Enjoy the weekend and stay cool!


47 comments:

  1. Fountains make such interesting public art.

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    1. Yes, they do and they cool you off, too. :) Thanks for the fun prompt!

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  2. I love the angle of the woman pouring water in Italy. And the dynamics of the collage. It's hot here too and after looking at your post I want to go and pour water on myself.

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    1. Thanks, Mark. The statue pouring water is at Rockefeller Center in NYC--there are several fountains and sculptures there :)

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  3. Fontains are always an attraction.
    It seems that they hypnotize us.

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    1. True, Laerte, they are mesmerizing. :) Thanks for the visit

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  4. These fountains are so beautiful - especially on the 100 degree days we've been having lately!

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    1. Still very hot here, too. Stay cool, Keith :) and thanks

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  5. what a great and refreshing set of photos! :)

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    1. Thank you, Ewa, yes refreshing on a hot summer day :)

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  6. We have no fountains in our small town. At least none that I know of. One would sure come in handy for the kids in the areas that cannot afford the swimming pool. Yes I got to see the one in NYC a few years ago.
    QMM

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    1. Thanks, Peggy. The fountain in the playground is a really fun one for the kids. Glad you saw the Prometheus statue--in the winter, there is a skating pond there at the Rockefeller Center.

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  7. Il grande caldo da 40 all'ombra,che per tanti giorni ci ha tenuto compagnia si è spostato,da te?Ti auguro che non duri troppo...ora qui va meglio!

    Questa collezione di foto è piacevolissima e rinfrescanteE'sempre un piacere passare da te e guardare il tuo bel mondo attraverso la serenità dei tuoi click,Loredana!
    Un abbraccio,Rita.

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    1. Grazie, Rita. Sei sempre cosi' gentile. Qui fa ancora molto caldo. Si' le fontane sono rinfrescanti e sarebbe bello anche andare al mare :) Un abbraccio :)

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  8. Lovely variety of fountains! only surprised you were not sitting in one of them considering the heat!

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    1. Thanks, Jeanne. Yes, I was sitting at a couple of them in between taking photos :)

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  9. Great post Loredana, you would love the water features at the Villa Lante. Not sure if you saw my recent post so hope you do not object to me sharing the link here. http://lindyloumac.blogspot.it/2012/07/villa-lante-bagnaia-viterbo.html

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    1. Thanks for the visit and link, Linda. Fountains in Italy have so much history and lovely architectural details :)

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  10. What a wonderful tour. Thank you!
    It has cooled down here Upstate, but we so desperately need rain.
    Wishing you a fantastic weekend, Loredana!
    xo.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. Hope you got some rain upstate NY. :)

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  11. Thanks for the wonderful tour of all these fountains. Each one is so different and unique. I loved the one with the Dolphins and the one with the Mermaid. Also enjoyed your first shot, very refreshing.

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    1. Thank you, Ida. The one with the dolphins I took in Italy is one of my favorites, too :)

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  12. Yes fountains are the optimum of public art - each unique and timeless. I love the shot of the girl pouring water - in front of Rockefeller center (?) B&B said Italy but I went back to read your lables and I think it NY. doesn't matter it is a great photo.

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    1. Thank you, Ginger. Yes, the girl pouring water is in NYC :)

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  13. Flowing water is so calming and refreshing. These are all lovely fountains.

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    1. Thank you, Pat. True, flowing water is soothing :)

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  14. Few elements convey light like water. These are beautiful examples. Thank you for sharing them with Photo Art Friday, Loredana.

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    1. Thank you, Bonnie. Wonderful prompt as always :)

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  15. I always think the sound of a fountain adds to the enjoyment of the art and can imagine the different sounds each fountain would produce. They are wonderful examples of public art.

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    1. Thank you, Pauline. Great observation on the sound of water :)

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  16. I love all your fountains! We have some nice one too here, some are kids friendly.

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  17. I love fountains. Not that we've had much "need" of them here this summer... we're getting quite enough water from the skies ;) But on a hot day, a fountain can be wonderfully refreshing.

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  18. Che belle sculture, mi piace molto la seconda e trovo divertente l'ultima.
    Belle foto! Complimenti, ciao e buona giornata! Cri : )

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    1. Ciao, Cri :) Si' la seconda era interessante con l'acqua che faceva cerchi. Grazie per la visita, sempre un piacere :)

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  19. Quand il fait très chaud, les fontaines sont nos amies.

    Amicalement

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  20. I would dearly love to have a water element in my garden!

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    1. Bird baths are lovely water elements in a garden. Thanks for the visit :)

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  21. Those are beautiful fountains, each one lovelier than the next. Thanks for sharing them with us! xx

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  22. Awesome theme ~ especially in the heat of the summer ~ cooling us all off ~ Fantastic photos ~~ thanks, ^_^ ( A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you, Carol! Dogs love water, too :)

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  23. Beautiful shots- Interesting collection of fountains. Thanks for visiting my blog:)

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    1. Thank you for the return visit, Lori :)

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  24. I'm an interior designer in Irvine CA working on an site/exterior project that may include a new water feature. I really love the two contemporary fountains you found in Yonkers. Was that in front of a public/government or private/corporate building? I'd love to be able to specify them if our client agrees. But obviously I'd need to know the mfr or more info on the piece to track it down. It really is a work of art! If you can provide any info that would help me find with this search, please email me at stephanie@spaces-oc.com. Thank you for featuring it on your blog. :-)

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