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Fontaine Dejean, Paris

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  • In the 11th arrondissement, in front of the winter circus, bounded by the Boulevard du Temple, the streets Amelot and Oberkampf, is the small square of place Pasdeloup. In the Middle, you will discover a fountain created in 1906 by the architect Jean Camille Formigé, who died in 1926 in Seine Saint Denis. As for the sculptures, they are the work of the artist Charles Louis Malric, who died in his hometown in Bordeaux in 1942. This fountain is a gift from the architect François Eugène Dejean, architect of the city of Paris. It consists of a pedestal with two shell basins, on the front a Medallion representing the donor and at its top, a Pelican on a sphere. You can come by subway, line 8, station "daughters of Calvary", right in front.
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  • I recall voluntarily, that this fountain, located in front of the Cirque d'hiver, is the work of the architect Formigé. Because it can be said that she is honored. Indeed, the prolific Jean Camille Formigé, also architect in Chief of the monuments de Historie de Paris in 1892, is the author of prestigious monuments. He is in charge of the square of the Sacré Coeur Basilica, the Serres d'Auteuil, the garden of the arenas of Lutèce, the Palace of fine arts for the universal exposition of 1889 where he creates what is now called "Le Bleu Formigé". It contributes to the Paris Metro, and restores the famous Conques Abbey, etc!! This fountain, is created in 1906, in the small square Pasdeloup, which among other is not of interest. She honors François Eugène Dejean (1821-1898) who had promised to make 12 fountains in Paris, to bring drinking water to the inhabitants. The dedication on the base of the fountain testifies to this generous intention. Alas, only this one will be carried out and therefore "Dejean ment". The building is in the form of a block of stone carved and tapered, work of the sculptor Charles Louis Malric. The octagonal base supports two large basins in the form of a "cowl" where the water is drained by a pump valve. Originally, it seems that they were dolphins! At the top, a part shaped like a corolla, carries the medallion with the face of Dejean. Engraved below, we can read the fatal promise not held, of the above said Dejean!! "François Eugène Dejean, architect of the city of Paris, donated to his fellow citizens twelve fountains fuelled by spring water." Finally, pursuing this amusing misunderstanding, the monument is topped by a "bird". Some say that it is a Pelican who, biting his flank to offer to drink to his cubs, sacrifices himself. The allusion to the object of this fountain is patent!! . Others, less inclined to a generous selflessness and self-giving, say that it is a Swan who, selfishly, scratches himself with his beak!!! . You have to choose! In summer, this fountain is shaded, as under the Eastern plane trees of the small square. This fountain, which works, is accessible by the Metro station "daughters of Calvary" line n ° 8
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  • The small park surrounding it is nice and quite quiet. The fountain itself is classic.
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  • Rather nice as Park, only problem, occasionally quite dirty following the homeless passage.
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