Part III – Market Square Fountain and Statue
“Architecture in general is frozen music.”
Friedrich von Schelling, German philosopher (1775 – 1854) Philosophie der Kunst (1809)
Splashing water in Market Square’s fountain attracts passersby to dip a hand into the pool or observe song birds indulging in a quick bath. The stone eagles and shields at the base support the bowl that is the source of the spilling water.
At the top of the fountain observe the statue “Girl with Baby on Shoulder”. It is the work of Sylvia Shaw Judson, Howard Van Doren Shaw’s daughter. Sylvia fulfilled a promise to her father to place a piece of her art atop the fountain. Although models were made, the topmost point of the fountain was vacant until the conclusion of the Vietnam War. Sylvia died in 1978.
The statue was dedicated August 12, 1982.