Fontaine Monumentale

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.")

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