Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008
This painting is of the Fountain in Downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky. I was on the square for a musical event one night and took a night shot of the Fountain and really liked the way the buildings had a golden glow behind it.
There is a lot of history on our Downtain Square, the square originally had a courthouse built on it in the early 1800's. But eventually a new bigger, better courthouse was built in another location and in May of 1872, the area was officially named "Fountain Park" by our city's leaders and a fountain was placed there. The original fountain was replaced in 1881 by a 6,000 pound precast Fountain from J.L. Mott Ironworks of New York City. The Fountain is crowned by Hebe, the Goddess of Youth. Statues surrounding the Fountain are Mythological figures of Flora--Goddess of Flowers, Ceres--Goddess of Grain, Pomona--Goddess of Fruit and Melpomane--Goddess of Tragedy. There are two arch entries into the Park made of Bowling Green limestone. The landscaping is beautiful and buildings surrounding the park have been renovated. Very charming and a source of pride to the citizens of Bowling Green.