Saturday, April 6, 2013

Out of the Jurisdiction: Spirit of the Ocean Fountain



The Courthouse in Santa Barbara, California, was designated a California Historic Landmark in 2003 and a National Historic Landmark in 2005.  At the entrance was a 1927 sandstone fountain, the Spirit of the Ocean, by Italian-born sculptor Ettore Cadorin.

Sandstone is porous and the fountain suffered over the years from many uninformed restoration efforts. Two years ago the fountain was replaced by a replica, shown above.


17 comments:

iamabrahamlincoln said...

Time has no mercy.

Kate said...

Looks almost European...but it's too clean!

Tojav said...

Very impressive sculpture of sandstone. Greetings.

Malyss said...

That's a very impressive and beautiful statue, even if a bit old-fashion.

William Kendall said...

Stunning!

Sharon said...

I wouldn't have guessed this was a copy. It's nicely done.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The Santa Barbara Courthouse is indeed a gem.

I saw on the news the scene of the Connecticut Governor signing the gun control bill. I recognized the room because I remembered your photo series on the Connecticut State Capitol.

RedPat said...

It's beautiful! I hope this replica lasts a long time.

Sylvia K said...

Lovely fountain and a terrific capture as always! Hope your trip is going well. Have a great weekend, Jack!

cieldequimper said...

I wonder if they will find a way of restoring the original. The copy is very nice, but then I love the ocean so...

mark said...

Looks like the 'spitting' image.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's a marvelous sculpture Jack, very European. I see they've used sandstone again, hopefully it will persevere for much longer this time.
p.s. A cafe in Amsterdam, lucky you..enjoy the sights :)

Randy said...

I agree with Kate, it does look European.

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Nice sculpture. Enjoy your travel.

VP said...

Beautiful and very well kept!

JM said...

There certainly is a Art Deco feel to it. Lovely!

Gunn said...

Very pretty!:)