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.

Previous articles in the series:
Allison Monument
American Revolution