Columbus Fountain is a public artwork by American sculptor Lorado Taft, located at Union Station in Washington, D.C., United States
.This sculpture was surveyed in 1994 as part of the Smithsonian's Save Outdoor Sculpture program! Columbus Fountain serves as a tribute to the explorer Christopher Columbus.
Columbus Fountain is a semicircular double-basin fountain with a shaft (h. 45 ft.) in the center.The front of the shaft bears a full-length portrait of Christopher Columbus (approx. h. 15 ft.) wearing a mantle, staring forward with his hands folded in front of him. Beneath him is a ship prow that features a winged figurehead that represents the observation of discovery. A globe, representing the Western hemisphere, is on top of the shaft with four eagles on each corner connected by garland.
The left and right sides of the shaft have two male figures decorating them.The right side figure is an elderly man, representing the Old World
, and on the let side is a figure of a Native American, representing the New World. The back of the shaft has a low-relief medallion (approx. d. 3 ft.) with images of Ferdinand & Isabella. Two lions (approx. h. 5 ft.), placed away from the base, guard the left and right side of the fountain.
Every year Columbus Day celebrations are held featuring the US Marine Corps Band and a wreath laying ceremony.It was added to the National Register of Historic Places, on March 7, 1968.In October 1992 the memorial was spray painted with graffiti and the National Park Service removed it with surface cleaners.The fountain has appeared severely deteriorated for many years and its plumbing is not believed to be in operable condition.