The long awaited / dreaded (delete as appropriate) day has arrived. The Shelley Fountain is finally being removed after years of sat there looking sad, tired and not working at all. The work is scheduled to take 2½ weeks but I think the fountain will be long gone before then. The satellites have already gone and only the inner circle will remain. In the interim this will become a flower bed pending redevelopment of the Bishopric. Perhaps the redevelopers of this end of Swan Walk will donate a piece of art to replace the fountain.

The remains of the Worthing Road subway will be left untouched for now. In that space lives the controls for the Shelley Fountain and the waterfall and stream that runs up the Bishopric.

We should remember, not for the last time, that this water feature was erected to mark the life and times of the local poet Percy Bysshe Shelley who died in a drowning accident. Its official and long ignored name is The Rising Universe.

Here are some photos from the 15th of June 2016 when the dismantling began; click on each one to go to the full sized image on Flickr.

Demise of the Shelley Fountain

Demise of the Shelley Fountain

Demise of the Shelley Fountain

Demise of the Shelley Fountain

 

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