Why did my husband give me a funny look today when I said I'd like to hold out for a breastfeeding fountain instead of the standard ol' boring selection they have at the garden center?!
I'd take one of these 16th century Giambologna lactating mermaids in a second!
Are there others out there? Any nursing mother fountains? Anyone create custom fountains? There must be...
The Neptune Fountain (Fontana di Nettuno) is one of Bologna, Italy's most famous landmarks. It is located in Piazza del Nettuna, next to Piazza Maggiore. I have to admit, I am much more enamored with Italy's version than the Neptune Statue here in Virgina Beach. ;)
This is too much fun ~ while I've long been (secretly?) desiring to place a breastfeeding fountain in my own garden, I had no idea there actually are so many fine ones out there! I believe I'll be adding a few more stops to my lactivist pilgrimage around the world...
Our Lady of Perpetual Lactation in Antigua, Guatemala's Central Park
The Ephesus goddess of fertility, Artemis (sometimes called 'Diana') in Tivoli, Italy. Artemis was often pictured as draped with eggs and/or multiple breasts (as seen here) from her waist to her shoulders. What a positive and empowering way to view the human breast!
Artemis' fountain was built in the 1500s by Cardinal Ippolito d'Este, son of Lucretia Borgia. Diana's Fountain once stood at a central location in the gardens of Villa d'Este. She eventually became viewed as 'too pagan' and was relocated to a more hidden spot in the garden.
The Fountain of Women at Il Giardino dei Tarocchi in Tuscany, Italy, was inspired by Diana's Fountain and created by Niki de Sainte Phalle (1930-2002). This lactating fountain (above) was first viewed by the public in 1998, just 4 years prior to Niki's passing at 72 years of age.
Andrea's Fountain, sometimes referred to as 'The Mermaid Fountain,' was designed by sculptor Ruth Asawa and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. In March 1968, Andrea's Fountain was installed at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, California.