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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Apollo Fountain

Summary

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.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bloye, William James Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze 320cm high
Pedestal Broze 155cm high x 140cm maximum diameter
Plinth Stone 46cm high x 104cm diameter
Fountain tier, base Stone 16cm high x 645cm diameter
Fountain tier, centre Stone 53cm high x 440cm diameter
Fountain tier, top Stone 50cm high x 270cm diameter

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMduDUjj014 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
  • Broken, missing parts
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Ednam Road
Precise location Between Priory Road and Broadway in Coronation Gardens
A-Z ref 55 E3
OS ref SO943907
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1939
Unveiling details 19th May 1939
Commissioned by Edwin John Thompson
Duty of care Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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