University of Michigan Fountain
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
This fountain created in bronze was designed by Albin Palasek, a Chicago artist and sculptor. The sculptured drum sitting on a circular granite base offers three bubblers that spout water into recessed basins.
The sculptured bas-relief is a procession of classically dressed figures representing Youth, Labour, Poetry and Philosophy: boys playing musical instruments, a child with a basket of flowers flanked by women carrying water jugs, a young man with a scroll in his hand, a maiden with exposed breast, a shepherd with sheep, and a youth displaying a scroll containing Roman numerals (I to X) before a philosopher who is deep in thought.
A dedication is engraved around the top of the drum: Presented To The City Of Ann Arbor And To The University By Francis M. Hamilton, A Member Of The Class Of 1869 And Mayor Of Ann Arbor, 1905-1907.
Francis Hamilton bequeathed $1,000 to the city of Ann Arbor to erect a drinking fountain. Following his death in 1914 his family donated an additional $500 to cover the cost. The fountain was installed at the central campus of the University of Michigan on the corner of North University Avenue & State Street. It was unveiled at Commencement in 1919 on behalf of the class of 1869, and dedicated at the 50th anniversary of Hamilton’s graduation.
- Bas-relief, sculpted material that has been raised from the background to create a slight projection from the surface
- Bubbler, a fountain with a tap which ejects a stream of water
Posted on January 17, 2016, in Architecture, Drinking Fountain, United States of America and tagged Albin Palasek, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Francis M. Hamilton, University of Michigan. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.