Archibald Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney - Sydney, NSW

Archibald Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney

This fountain was erected on the terms of the will of the late J. F. Archibald, a prominent Australian journalist. The work is by the famous sculptor, F. Sicard, and is "Commemorative of Australia and France having fought side by side for the liberties of the world".

The sculptor has explained the symbolism as follows: "Apollo (the central figure) represents the Arts (Beauty and Light). Apollo holds out his right arm as a sign of protection, and spreads his benefits over all Nature. Apollo is the warmth, which vivifies, giving life to all Nature.... It is on this account that I wished this figure to be the chief one in the memorial... The large basin is divided into three groups. One represents Diana, goddess of purity; the ideal which watches over mortals. The second group symbolizes the good things of the earth-it is the young god of the fields and pastures, of the pleasures of the countryside. The third group represents sacrifice for the public good. Theseus, vanquisher of the Minotaur, suggests the triumph of the spirit over bestiality."


Hyde park
Sydney, NSW, 2000