Philosophy and Spirit of Sir Richard Wallace Lives On
I’m guessing that every visitor to Paris has seen at least one of the famous, iconic water fountains in the city—those green metal ones with four caryatids.
Other cities around the world also embraced the philosophy behind these fountains (for a detailed description and history, see here: http://viviennemackie.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/pariss-special-wallace-fountains/ )
Well we actually found one in Zurich, Switzerland, on the famous Bahnhofstrasse.
This street leads from the Haupbahnhof (main train station) and is Zurich’s “5th Avenue or Champs-Elysees”, which gets more up-market and expensive the further you get from the station. A little way along, on the edge of the Pestalozzi Plaza, unexpectedly we found a Wallace Fountain (Pestalozzi was an educator/philospher, and we saw many buildings, libraries etc. named after him in Zurich).
The fountain looks just like the ones in Paris. The plaque reads: “Fountain from Paris, 1870, to initiate the 1982 World Convention of Water Experts in Zurich. The four nymphs personify simplicity, purity, sobriety and charity. They symbolize international co-operation in providing people everywhere with pure and salubrious water.”
Almost the exact words of Wallace himself.