I couldn't decide what to post for the photo friday-masterpiece challenge until i remembered that i'd taken photos of the 'Diana Fountain' in Hyde Park.
Its more formally known as the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and its a really interesting but controversial public artwork.
I must admit that i hadn't intended to visit the fountain before we stumbled across it. It seemed like a very unimpressive and even boring fountain from the articles and photos i'd seen.
Even as we walked towards the fountain, it looked pretty uninspiring. At first, I thought it was a circular or oval path as the water is not very visible from a distance and i had been busy taking photos of the birds, frosty leaves and squirrels and must have missed the signposts.
Once inside the gates it still didn't look like much -but its something that has to be seen and heard from close quarters to really appreciate.
I changed from being unimpressed and skeptical about the fountain to being fascinated and moved by it.
Its a fabulous work of art- a poem in sound, flickering light and bubbling water.
The water is stirred and stilled by changes in the granite structure - it changes from turbulent to calm: with tranquil stretches, bubbles , gentle ripples, waterfalls and rapids .
The different water sounds and the sparkle of light on water definitely add to the impact of piece.
Its supposed to symbolise the up and down life of Princess Diana - and i think overall it works.
A frosty morning in December might not have been the best time of year to see the fountain since people are welcome to dip their feet in the water.
princess diana fountain