Type Statue , Fountain
The fountain has a three tiered bowl, from the centre of which a bronze pedestal rises. The three high reliefs on the bronze base represent Apollo driving his Golden Chariot through the heavens, playing the lyre as God of Music, and as God of the Sun. The vase stands on a plinth of Swedish marble with basins of Portland stone. The dynamic figure of Apollo drawing the string of his bow surmounts this ornamented pedestal.
The fountain stands in the gardens of the Dudley Council House. The funding came from John Edwin Thompson. The unveiling of Bloye's first large scale bronze was undertaken by Viscount Cobham. (1)
The bronze figure surmounting the bronze vase represents Apollo as God of the Golden Bow, with the symbolic sprig of laurel in his hair, having just released the golden arrow. The Greek god Apollo has associations with the sun, music and prophecy. Traditionally in the fine arts he has been used to represent an ideal of male beauty. Originally pre-Hellenic, he came to personify the classical Greek spirit that emphasized reason, intellect and temperance, in contrast to man's passionate nature exemplified by Dionysius. In the sculpture's context within the gardens in front of the Council House, he symbolises government by reason.
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