On my previous blog, I made a few posts about the “Wallace Fountains”. They were originally, in 1872, created, donated, by a wealthy Englishman, Richard Wallace, who also donated for hospitals, ambulances….
Originally there seems to have been some 50 fountains (you can then read the year “1872” on them). More fountains were created later and nowadays you can count around 95 of the bigger model, the one we mostly recognize, but there are also a number of smaller, simplified, ones. When they were created most houses had of course no running drinking water and these fountains were definitely of great social value. Today, they still supply pure drinkable water (except during the coldest months). When you walk around Paris a warm day and if you have a little bottle or a cup, fill it up!
The fountains should normally be painted in green, to fit into the landscape; you find them mostly close to some green space. They suffer of course now and then from taggers, but there are at least four Wallace fountains in Paris, which have been repainted in a more official way, probably somehow for fun and possibly not forever. I spotted them.
The first one I show can be found on the ground of the Porte-de-Versailles exposition area.
A second red one can be found in one of the China Town districts, Avenue d’Ivry. (See previous post about what the street looks like when the Chinese New Year is celebrated.)
Close to the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (see previous post), you can find a third one, more or less pink.
The last, fourth one, yellow, is not far from there, just outside a large building which used to be an old flour-mill and store but now is occupied by the Paris University (Paris VII-Denis Diderot). It seems that the previous ones have escaped from tagging, but not this one (see also top picture).