Almost opposite the Princess Theatre in Spring Street, Melbourne is the Parliament Gardens, a small fenced triangular park at the northern end of State Parliament.
Within the gardens is the modern Coles Fountain. As were many of our city's fountains, it was built with donated money, in this case funds from G.J. Coles and Coy Limited. Coles has a long and proud history in Victoria and Australiawide and is still a very successful company with its supermarkets, hardware stores, service stations and other chains of business. The fountain is made of stainless steel sitting on durable bluestone paving and in the shape of a C. C for Coles. Get it? Construction was completed in 1981.
During the long Australian drought of the early 2000s, the fountain was shut down to conserve our water supply and a terribly ugly fence wire fence erected around it. Most Melbourne fountains have been converted to recycle water now, but given how much they used, it was a drop in the ocean of conserving water and should never have been turned off. Anyone for a little symbolism?
On a still day, you can stand in the centre of the C and remain dry. The day was not quite still enough for me. A sudden gust would have had me 'satched', as the Sister used to say in the eighties.
It must be wonderful for kids to play in on a hot summer's day. Grace in Perth showed us an 'interactive water feature' yesterday, again great for kids on a hot day.
Strange colour. I must have accidentally pressed something on the camera, easy to do with a touch screen. Don't buy one.
It has its own an anemometer, presumably to shut the fountain down if it is too windy and the water is going everywhere.
Here is a link to a night time photo of the fountain.