Stainless-steel fountain on bluestone paving
Parliament Reserve, corner of Spring and Albert Streets
Water sculptor Robert Woodward has completed many public commissions, including a water feature in the Australian High Court.
Sited in Parliament Gardens, his Coles Fountain is a striking counterpoint to its historical garden setting. Its stainless-steel tubing forms a geometrical frame some three metres high, from which water cascades into a shallow pool below. To 'enter' the C-shaped fountain is to be virtually encircled by a curtain of water. It is set on finished bluestone paving, which reflects the geometry of the fountain. The plaque reads: 'A gift to the people of Victoria from G.J. Coles and Coy Limited'.