Ornamental Fountain Tacna
Public Art : Ornamental Fountain Tacna
Also Known As : Pila Ornamental de Tacna and Eiffel
Sculptor : Michel Joseph Napoleon Liènard (1810-1870)
and Mathurin Moreau (1821-1912)
Description : This is a bronze copy of the original
Val d'Osne Fountain. The 6m high, 4 basin fountain features statues of Neptune, Galatea, Amphitrite and Asis
on the lower tier and 4 sea nymphs holding hands on the upper tier. There are 43 water jets. The fountain was
restore in 1999.
Foundry : The fountain was
produced by the Val d’Osne Foundry, the biggest producing fine art
foundry in France. The catalog number was 554T.
Date Unveiled: 1869
Pila Ornamental de Tacna is located Plaza de Armas, Tacna, Peru.
Acknowledgements: A special thank you to
Abel Osorio from Chile for kindly providing the
photographs and information.
Myth: For some reason the fountain has long been
mistakenly named after Gustav Eiffel the engineer who created the Eiffel Tower.
Rumour: It is rumoured that before the fountain was
erected some prominent residents of Tacna placed a few bottles of wine inside the statues.
History of the Val d'Osne Fountains : The Victoria
Plaza fountain was produced by the Val d’Osne Foundry, the biggest producing fine art foundry in France during the
mid-nineteenth century. At one stage they had over 40,000 objects in their catalogues. This particular fountain
design won a gold award at the 1855, Paris World Fair, which would explain why so many copies of it were erected
around the world. The sculptures were created by Mathurin Moreau, who worked in the factory from 1849 to 1879 and
in which he produced over 100 statues. Some say his work revolutionised the mass production of high quality
List of known Val d'Osne Fountains :
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Saint Quentin, France
Soulac sur mer, France
Boston, USA (known as The Brewer Fountain)