Triton Fountain

The fountain consists of three bronze figures of mythological Tritons holding up a platter. Two of the Tritons are sitting, while the third one is kneeling, and they are balanced on a seaweed base. The face of each Triton is visible when viewed from City Gate. Their posture gives a sense of strength as well as spiral movement, which contribute to the monumentality of the fountain. The water jets were also designed in order to convey the sense of movement.[4] The figures of the Tritons represent Malta’s links with the sea, and their design was inspired by the Fontana delle Tartarughe in Rome.[5] After the fountain’s platter was damaged in the 1980s, a bronze pillar depicting a flight of seagulls was added to the fountain to support its weight.[4] This was not included once the restoration was completed in 2018.[6]

Triton Fountain

Triton Fountain

12 Comments CherryPie on Jan 10th 2024

12 Responses to “Tritons’ Fountain”

  1. What a super fountain. For some reason it reminds me a bit of the one at Witley Court in Worcestershire.

  2. ....peter:) says:

    what a beautiful fountain Cherie… i was able to get through today….peter:)

  3. lisl says:

    This is stunningly beautiful by night. We don’t seem to do fountains anything like as well in this country

  4. Hels says:

    Perfect – the Tritons represent Malta’s links with the sea! I haven’t been to Malta for 23 years and I either didn’t see the fountain back then or have forgotten what it looked like. Time to travel again.

  5. Mandy says:

    Wow, that’s beautiful at night. I had to take a second look when you said the statues are bronze – at first glance, my brain interpreted them as glass

    • CherryPie says:

      I wish I had some of the photos that I lost. they showed the fountain from the other side looking towards the city gate. It looks quite different, but just as stunning from that angle.

  6. Like a giant lotus blooming at night!
    Oh I just got my Kew Gardens member card yesterday.
    Can’t wait to explore there soon. :)