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The Best Sense of Proportion and Mass

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Fountain of the Three Rivers at Night / Philadelphia, PA / Nov. 2006

Each figure in the Fountain of the Three Rivers represents a local waterway: a young girl leaning on her side against a water-spouting swan is the Wissahickon Creek (at left in picture); a mature woman holding the swan's neck is the Schuylkill River (center); and a male figure, reaching above his head to grasp his bow as a large fish sprays water over him is the Delaware River (right).

I’m taking a class at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. The school fronts on Logan Circle (one of William Penn’s five original city ‘squares’ until traffic engineers turned it into a ‘circle’) and each time I go to school I am greeted by this glorious fountain built by Wilson Eyre, Jr.  and sculptor Alexander Stirling Calder. Ten thousand people danced and congregated in the streets when the fountain opened in 1924.

"The artist who has the best sense of proportion and mass, the best sense of ornament and color, and the freshest way of presenting things will stay with us" -- Wilson Eyre, Jr.

Sketch from the Free Library of Philadelphia of Logan Square with the fountain; the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Municipal Court Building are in the back:

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