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Archibald Fountain
Archibald Fountain, copyright Larry Rivera, licensed to About.com, Inc

Archibald Fountain at Sydney's Hyde Park

© Larry Rivera, licensed to About.com, Inc

Right in the heart of the city east of busy Elizabeth St, leafy Hyde Park is a place of rest and quiet relaxation — go lie on the grass and have a nap — as well as a place to discover facets of Australian history.

The undisputed centrepiece of Sydney's Hyde Park is the Archibald Fountain at its northern end. It is the park's first striking feature encountered as you enter Hyde Park from the direction of Macquarie St, the thoroughfare leading south from Sydney Opera House.

Hyde Park is divided into two sections — Hyde Park North and Hyde Park South — with Park St running in an east-west direction between them.

The Archibald Fountain, the work of French sculptor Francois Sicard (1862-1934), was erected in Hyde Park North in 1932 to commemorate the association between Australia and France in World War I.

The art deco fountain, which depicts a bronze Apollo surrounded by other mythical figures, was a gift to the city of Sydney by J F Archibald (1856-1919), founder of Australia's Bulletin newspaper and later magazine.

Archibald also endowed the annual Archibald Prize for portraiture administered by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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