Diana fountain wins royal praise

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain was opened by the Queen this week with monarch and experts praising the Gustafson Porter design.

The £3.6 million Hyde Park memorial was “highly original and captures something of the essence of a remarkable human being,” said the Queen. “Creating a memorial to Diana has been no easy task. To present a likeness seemed at best unnecessary for someone whose image continues to exert such fascination to the world over. “To find some other way to capture her spirit has been the challenge.” Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, said: “I think she would have loved it. It’s fun; it’s a clever design; it’s inclusive.” Historian and garden writer Sir Roy Strong said it was a water feature, not a fountain. But: “It is just unfortunate that water feature sounds so suburban, like a pond full of goldfish.” The design - a ring of water at times serene and smooth, at others choppy - aims to capture the essence of the princess’s life and character.

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