Did I mention before that I love fountains? Here’s another beautiful fountain with an interesting past: La Fontaine de Tourny. Even though it originated in France, you can find it today in Québec City, more precisely at the center of the roundabout in front of the Parliament building (avenue Honoré-Mercier).
The Tourny fountain was a gift to Québec City, in honor of celebrating its 400th anniversary, from Simons department store. It was inaugurated on July 3, 2007.
The fountain was created over a century ago by French sculptor Mathurin Moreau. From 1857 to 1960, it adorned the Allées de Tourny in downtown Bordeaux, France. In 1960, it was removed and stored. Peter Simons (CEO of Simons dept. store) discovered it while browsing a flea market in Saint-Ouen and needless to say, he fell in love with it. I totally get it! 🙂
After moving it to Île d’Orléans, he called upon Lemaymichaud (an architecture design firm) who helped in restoring the fountain to its former glory. I think this is pretty amazing story and, I especially love how they called upon the same French foundry that cast the fountain to restore all of its sculptural elements.
Thank you Mr. Peter Simons and the Simons dept. store for this marvelous gift that we can all enjoy! 😀