Thursday, April 3, 2008
Statler Statue Fountain
This statue is located at Statler Park, Stuart Street at Park Square and was designed by Ulysses Anthony Ricci (1888-1960). The sculpture was a gift of the Hotel Statler Company, Inc. and was presented to the city in 1930 as part of a beautification project for the Park. Originally, water flowed from the cup the figure holds, into the raised bowl, and then into the basin. The fountain is no longer operable. A bronze dedication plaque originally on base is now missing.
The sculpture is a bronze, art deco fountain in the shape of a Roman tripod brazier. A woman in classical robes stands in the middle of the upper bowl holding a cup from which water originally flowed. The large bowl is decorated with signs of the zodiac in relief; the lip edge is decorated with egg and dart molding. The legs are decorated with semi-draped male figures above grotesque decorations and terminate in lions' paws. The basin at foot of the fountain is now a planter.