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ATLAS FOUNTAIN: 168-year-old fountain undergoing a steam clean

ATLAS FOUNTAIN: 168-year-old fountain undergoing a steam clean

Image: SWNS

These stunning photographs show a 168-year-old fountain undergoing a steam clean to welcome visitors for the summer season.

The Atlas Fountain, the centrepiece to elaborate gardens in the grounds of Castle Howard, North Yorks., has also been re-pointed as part of the spruce up.

Visitors to the stately home - where Ellie Goulding tied the knot in 2019 - enjoy the spectacle of multiple water jets along with the pleasing sounds of splashing water.

Fuelled by a half-million-gallon hilltop reservoir, the sculpture was first conceived in 1853 and restored to full working order in the 1980s.

A large globe of bronze dominates the fountain supported on the shoulders of Atlas, a titan who, in Greek mythology, was condemned to hold up the sky for eternity.

Four recumbent Tritons blow water through shells over Atlas kneeling on a pedestal.

Other jets fill the lower scallop shell basins, which overflow into the central basin producing a dramatic cascade of white water.

Despite changes to the design of the land - known as the parterre - the fountain has remained at the heart of the gardens.

Christopher Ridgway, curator, said the annual clean means the fountain is back to its "full glory".

He said: "It's a fantastically special fountain and piece of sculpture and we need to look after it regularly."

Words: Ashely Pemberton, South West News Service


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