François Stahly, Fountain of "Four Seasons"

Sculpture In Context
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This sculpture was located at the eastern side of the park. As a fountain it was spread over a circular area almost 20 feet (6 meters) across.


Fountain of "Four Seasons" 1962   •  Executed in bronze and Italian stone   •  Artist: François Stahly, 1911 to 2006   •  Sydney G Walton Square, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 23 September 2010)   •  (Photo taken 15:57:58 Saturday 18 September 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #155758_7794BCX
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The Sign
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This sign describing this sculpture was on top of one of the stones surrounding it. The sign read:

Fountain of "Four Seasons"
Executed in bronze and Italian stone
by French sculptor: Francois Stahly

Winner of the Golden Gateway
Sculpture Competition 1962

Commissioned by
Golden Gateway Center

The labyrinth of stones which surrounds the watergarden leads one visually to four columns of sculptured bronze representing the seasons. There, the alternate light and soaring water streams recall one to contemplate the constant changing moods of nature.


Fountain of "Four Seasons" 1962   •  Executed in bronze and Italian stone   •  Artist: François Stahly, 1911 to 2006   •  Sydney G Walton Square, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 23 September 2010)   •  (Photo taken 15:58:20 Saturday 18 September 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #155820_7795BCX
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The Bases
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Each of the four sculptures was bedded in a group of four stones, and each represented a season. Water was pumped up through each sculpture to fall and splash around these groupings of stones.


Fountain of "Four Seasons" 1962   •  Executed in bronze and Italian stone   •  Artist: François Stahly, 1911 to 2006   •  Sydney G Walton Square, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 23 September 2010)   •  (Photo taken 15:58:28 Saturday 18 September 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #155828_7796BCX
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Arrangement Of Stones
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The arrangement of stones around one of the four sculpture fountains. Notice the resemblance to a flagstone path.


Fountain of "Four Seasons" 1962   •  Executed in bronze and Italian stone   •  Artist: François Stahly, 1911 to 2006   •  Sydney G Walton Square, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 23 September 2010)   •  (Photo taken 15:58:36 Saturday 18 September 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #155836_7797BCX
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Detail Of Upright
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Detail of one of the upright sculptures. Notice the bolts used to assemble it. The green appeared much less textured and darker from a distance. Water is cascading down the sculpture (unfortunately caught using a slow shutter).


Fountain of "Four Seasons" 1962   •  Executed in bronze and Italian stone   •  Artist: François Stahly, 1911 to 2006   •  Sydney G Walton Square, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 23 September 2010)   •  (Photo taken 15:58:40 Saturday 18 September 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #155840_7798BCX
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Detail Of Water
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Water splashing and fallen leaves gave the water under the fountain a lovely texture and color.


Fountain of "Four Seasons" 1962   •  Executed in bronze and Italian stone   •  Artist: François Stahly, 1911 to 2006   •  Sydney G Walton Square, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 23 September 2010)   •  (Photo taken 15:59:18 Saturday 18 September 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #155918_7801BCX
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Sculpture With Heart And Dog Behind
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Here was another view of this sculpture in context. Behind it was the "Big Heart On The Rock" sculpture internal link by Jim Dine, as well as a young man with a dog.


Fountain of "Four Seasons" 1962   •  Executed in bronze and Italian stone   •  Artist: François Stahly, 1911 to 2006   •  Sydney G Walton Square, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 23 September 2010)   •  (Photo taken 15:59:30 Saturday 18 September 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #155930_7802BCX
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