Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bermuda: Praying Mantis Fountain - Hamilton, Pembroke Parish

Praying Mantis Fountain
Queen Elizabeh Park
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish

N 32° 17.563 W 064° 47.210

Short Description: 

A praying mantis is the focal point of this fountain located in Queen Elizabeth Park, formerly Par-la-Ville, in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Long Description:

A larger than life praying mantis is perched on top of an equally large water plant at the Praying Mantis Fountain in Queen Elizabeth Park. Water flows into a pond to the right of the sculpture, then under a concrete pathway into the pond that contains the sculpture.

A plaque next to the sculpture gives the background information about the fountain. It is inscribed:

Berthold Schiwetz
American, 1909 - 1973
Praying Mantis Fountain
Collection of the Bermuda National Gallery
Gift of John Hinson Young II and Nelga Vivian Young

Berthold Schiwetz studied sculpture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in
Michigan under Carl Milles, Swedish sculptor known for his fountains.
He accompanied Milles to Italy where Schiwetz learned how to use water
as a sculptural design element in his fountains. This aspect, as
well as his fondness for the animals and insects he played with as a little
boy, is readily evident here in his whimsical Praying Mantis Fountain.

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