Windsor

Good, Bad & Ugly

Today to close out the week, we take a look at the fountain over the last five years.

An early photo of the fountain, still in great condition (other than the “Angels Fall” grafitti?). This photo was taken in September 2003.

A view of the central portion of the fountain(Photo from 08/2003)

A detail shot of the bowl and fish that kept it full. (Photo from 08/2003)

A shot of Walter Allward’s bronze work, with a century of patina on the bronze. (Photo from 08/2003)

When I returned to Jackson Park with my camera in May 2005, I noticed something wasn’t right with the fountain…

I was shocked to discover the fountain had been vandalized, and the bowl and fish, smashed away.

I had heard that there was a “restoration” planned for the monument, so I headed over to check out what had been done. There photos were taken in December 2008.

Sadly, it was another half-assed fix. The bowl and the fish were removed and we were left with this amputee of a fountain.

There’s the re-dedication plaque showing you who to blame for this piss poor renovation job.

On top of buggering up the “restoration”, they also cleaned the bronze!

While it looks exceptionally clean and sterile, it is arguable, Windsor greatest piece of outdoor sculpture.

Just take a look at the level of detail in these photos…

There is no denying the genius of Walter S. Allward. Here is a piece of sculpture done by one of Canada’s most important sculptors, and it gets a second rate, half-assed restoration attempt.

Hopefully one day this fountain will be better appreciated, it deserves so much better…

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