Jules Félix Coutin, sculptor; Jean Camille Formigé, architect
Also called the Fontaines Lumineuses, this fountain, near the Dôme
Central, and its companion fountain beneath the Eiffel Tower performed
hydraulic spectacles at 9:00 every evening. Thousands of fair visitors
watched as the jets of the fountain were electrically illuminated to
change color in red, blue, green, and gold.
The sculpture of this fountain depicts the city of Paris lighting up
the world with its torch, surrounded by science, industry, agriculture,
and art. (The official title was "La Ville de Paris, sur son vaisseau,
environnée de la Science, de l'Industrie, de l'Agriculture, de
l'Art, éclaire le monde de son flambeau.")
©1999 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.