Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bicentennial Fountain

The original Renaissance -style Bicentennial Fountain was a copy of one displayed at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. It had ornate cast-iron work topped with a woman holding a vase. Between the two basins, three additional female figures circled the center support. Swans and cherubs ringed the base.

After decades of vandalism and disrepair this new 10 foot-high fountain was ordered in 1980 and installed ain 1982 on the Iowa State Capitol Complex in Des Moines and is part of the Monuments and Memorials Tour.

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