The Magic Garden

raising money for charity

Poseidon Fountain

After retirement in 1992 Bob started a course on architectural history, in which they looked at Italian gardens and he was inspired to produce his own rococo wall fountain. He used Poseidon, the sea god as his subject and proceeded to model all kinds of sea creatures on the kitchen table, including electric eel, crab, lobster, jellyfish, sea anemone, seahorse, fish, all kinds of shells and seaweeds. The framework was constructed from carvable breezeblock and then covered with wet cement, which Bob modelled, with bare hands, into dripping seaweed - not to be recommended! He had raw skin for weeks! A local blacksmith made the tridents - two because the whole design had to be symmetrical. Poseidon`s head was modelled, but Bob made the mistake of using self drying clay, (not waterproof), so he had to make a second head to fire. The first can be seen high up in the conservatory. The back of the fountain was covered with mosaics of pebbles and the tridents held in place with recycled chain, supported on coffin handles, which Bob found in a local junk shop. He doesn`t think they have ever been used! The whole structure drips with water into the central basin which is filled with shells collected by friend Bob Lydon, when he resided in Wales. The surrounds are dressed with vases, old weights, etc., to emphasise the sea theme.
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