Thursday, August 7, 2008

Charles Sprague Memorial Fountain

This fountain toward the north end of the Capitol Mall park, north of the Capitol also appears to be a good place for cooling off, though it looks like it could do some real damage to a human body.*

According to the Oregon State University library website, a national competition, made possible by a bequest from former Oregon Governor Charles Sprague (1939-43), was won by Weltzin Blix. His sculpture is 85' long by 20' high of welded bronze weighing 15,000 lbs. It was completed in 1980. Mr. Blix was a teacher of sculpture, ceramics and drawing at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon until his retirement in 2002.

*Edit: I was not aware of it at the time, but actually, this is a prohibited activity.

Oregon Administrative Rule 125-075-0005 Use of the Capitol Mall Area Parks and Grounds states:

  • ..."(c) For the purposes of City Code 94.110, no bathing, wading or swimming shall be allowed in fountains, water displays or systems, with the exception of the Wall of Water Fountain on the Capitol Mall Plaza, in front of the Capitol Building, where wading is allowed; "...


Riau Photo said...

wew nice thing!, everyone allow to swim there?

Wanda said...

What a beautiful fountain!!

We were in Salem once...Do you have a Sybil's 101 Omlette's~~~? Or do I have the wrong town.

jill said...

Riau: I edited the post to include the rule that prohibits swimming in this fountain.

Wanda: Yes!! We have Sybil's Omlettes! And if you don't see any you like they will make one to order. How interesting that you were in Salem.

Anonymous said...

Fountain are good to watch always...

Boise Diva said...

It sure doesn't look like you would want to swim there, UNLESS, you're a kid :)

USelaine said...

You've got it crisply captured and composed. I can see how it might attract the unwise.

shalom said...

I can see how that would be tempting during hot days!

Do you mind if I link to this photo from my blog? It's very green at this point but I hope to add some more features in the coming weeks.

I'm also considering adding you to my blogroll. Let me know if you're not OK with either of those things.


jill said...

Shalom: both are fine with me.

Mary Jo said...

Here we cant do it either! I wonder why...its so fun!

Hilda said...

I am so envious! Water fountains here in Manila are off limits to children. But I guess parks and establishments don't have much of a choice. We have too many poor, they're liable to use the fountains as bathing areas. =(

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