Bath is not exactly running a surplus on public sculpture.
The statue of Queen Victoria at the Victoria Art Gallery.
Apart from Queen Victoria – sitting half way up an art gallery wall – and poor Rebecca getting no more than a dribble from her well – the majority of stone figures surround the Great Bath – the centrepiece of the city’s Roman remains.
The Rebecca Fountain.
Emperors and Governors at the Roman Bath.
However, the wonderful world of commerce is fighting back.
Never mind promoting water, this little fellow welcomes you at the doorway to ‘great food’ – and not far away, a Regency period dressed little lady looks good enough to eat.
On guard in the name of ‘great food’ eh?
This new kid on the block is promoting the chocolates you can buy inside the shop she welcomes you into, but l wouldn’t suggest trying to bite her.
A statue that looks good enough to eat!
Tempting though she looks, with her Jane Austen styled appearance, she is NOT made of the edible stuff.
It’s amazing to think that six thousand Bathonians turned out to watch when the original fountain in Laura Place was switched on in the late 19th century.
In a city famous for its waters – both hot and cold – the intention then was to have fountains dotted throughout the city – including two either side of the Royal Crescent.
The report produced by Robert Delius.
Money and engineering problems nipped that idea in the watery bud but one local architect thinks it’s time the city considered reviving the idea and offering both residents and visitors a new and exciting visual way of celebrating the area’s unique gift of both hot and cold springs.
Robert Delius is the author of ‘The Waters of Bath’ and an architect working for Stride Treglown.
Robert Delius – who works for Stride Treglown – has put together a 42 page report which he is circulating amongst interested parties and is letting Bath Newseum followers hear more about his proposal.
Couldn’t resist re-showing a fountain snippet from HTV’s architectural series on Bath – Set in Stone – which l had the pleasure of presenting in the 1990’s – never realising l would end up living in this city. Five years come February 2017!
Those contact details again. To find out more about this proposal and add your comments. www.watersofbath.org and @watersofbath