Southwest in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
United States Botanic Garden
The fountain, intended to be an allegorical representation of Water and Light, is designed in three identical sections with classical forms and symbols. Turtle like aquatic monsters and large shells surround the base. The pedestal holds three sea nymphs rising on their toes. Fish spout water form between their feet. The nymphs seem to hold the large basin, which is actually supported by the central column. Above the basin three youthful tritons playfully hold out seaweed. Water spills from a crown at the very top into the upper basin, while jets shoot from the mouths of the fish and turtles.
The cast iron fountain weighs 40 tons and is 30 feet high. It was first lit by 12 gas lamps. These lamps were replaced by battery powered electric lights in 1881, making the fountain of the first nighttime attractions in the city. The lights surrounding the large basin
Erected by United States Botanic Garden.
Location. 38° 53.232′ N, 77° 0.748′ W. Marker is in Southwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Touch for map. The marker is in Barholdi Park in the triangle formed by Washington Avenue Southwest, Independence Avenue Southwest and First Street Southwest. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Power from the Wind (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Power from the Wind (about 500 feet away); James A. Garfield (about 600 feet away); Ulysses S. Grant Memorial (about 800 feet away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Ulysses S. Grant Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cardinal Direction Marker: North (approx. 0.2 miles away); Witchhazel • Suhwe?t (suh-whet) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Naval Monument (approx. ¼ mile away).
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