via National Gallery of Art
Excellent news from Shoes McCoat:
“newly restored Mellon Fountain flows again 3/17 Gr8 news for our mallard friends”
From a press release:
“The National Gallery of Art announced today that the Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain, situated at the apex of the Federal Triangle complex in downtown Washington, DC, will operate once again beginning March 17, 2016—the Gallery’s 75th anniversary. On September 25, 2015, the National Park Service transferred custody of the fountain and the surrounding triangular park, which are dedicated to Gallery founder Andrew W. Mellon, to the National Gallery of Art. The two-phase total restoration and renovation of the fountain and site is made possible by a major grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
To be unveiled on March 17, 2016, phase one of the project includes conservation of the three-tiered bronze fountain (which has not operated since 2008), revival of the original landscaping plan, and replacement of sophisticated mechanical waterworks that power the fountain jets and cascades. Phase two includes rehabilitation of the plaza and memorial bench around the fountain and will be completed in summer 2017.
The Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain site comprises a circular fountain, a circular plaza around the fountain, a memorial bench, and the surrounding landscape. The site is approximately 23,000 square feet (approximately 1/2 acre) and is bounded by Sixth Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, and Constitution Avenue NW. The fountain will operate from March through November, weather permitting.”
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