Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Majestic Fountain in Albany, New York's, Washington Park

The King Memorial Fountain, also known as The Rufus H. King Fountain and The Moses Fountain, is a highlight of Washington Park in Albany, New York.

Erected by J. Massey Rhind in 1893, a huge bronze figure depicting Moses stands on a pile of rocks.  His arms are raised up in the air and there is a stick in one of them.

Rhind was one of four sculptors who fashioned models of the fountain and his was selected and commissioned. 

It's actually a memorial fountain in memory of Rufus H. King who was in the banking and insurance industries in Albany. His son, Col. Henry L. King left $10,000 in his will for construction of the fountain. A few years after construction began, the cost increased to $30,000, according to reports written on the fountain.

Surrounding the huge Moses figures are four bronze figures that depict Childhood, Youth, Manhood, and Age. 

Water trickles down into a pool surrounding  the base of the fountain. It is quite impressive and is certainly a fountain to remember.

Here is another photo taken inside this beautiful city park, as people stroll along sidewalks lining water.



middle child said...

What a beautiful thing!

Linda O'Connell said...

Interesting, and a beautiful park. I love parks. We have so many here. My friends from Boston couldn't believe it.

diane stetson said...

"Go down, Moses, Way down in Egypt's land, tell o' Pharoh to let my people go"

Bookie said...

What a lovely place!

Terri Tiffany said...

It's beautiful! I don't really have a favorite park here where I live,it is always too hot to roam one!

Rebecca said...

This statue is really impressive, Susan! I would love to see it in person. Locally, we have several parks - Lakeside Park features roses with a beautiful fountain and huge white pillars. Foster Park, spring bulbs. They are two of my local, large favorites.

Claus said...

No favorites on my side, but then again, I barely go to them with my working schedule. Pity, right?! Someday, and by then, I guess, I'll find a favorite one. I can tell you already, it will be a quite one, with very few people :o)

have a lovely day!

mo said...

My Susan,

How you do get around!

This is beautiful.

My favorite park is any park in which it is 75 degrees out and I can smell the charlbroil hotdogs on the grill reminding me of the 4th of July celebrations when I was little.



Marydon said...

No, Susan, I don't .. I just like them all for the peace they bring.
Have a beautiful day ~

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Shanae Branham said...

Wow! What a cool fountain. Thanks for sharing. I agree with you...snow caves are claustrophobic, but my son had a blast sleeping the whole night in below degree weather.

Chatty Crone said...

That was a gorgeous park. I have to say - we don't have a lot of parks like that down here.

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