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Foundry Moulds


The Fonte Monumental was inaugurated in 1948 in Lisbon as an example of modern art to celebrate the building of the Tagus Canal, an important landmark in Lisbon’s water supply.  This fountain, together with the university campus of Instituto Superior Tecnico, created a new urban space. At the same time it glorifies the ideals of the Portuguese dictatorship, Estado Novo.

This project was conceived by the architect Carlos Rebelo de Andrade.  Diogo de Macedo and Maximiano Alves, sculptors, Jorge Barradas, potter, and the Spanish engineer Carles Buigas, who designed the water games, were also involved.  The outlets for these stunning water games were developed in 1942, at the Campo de Ourique workshops of Companhia das Aguas de Lisboa (nowadays EPAL). This set of moulds (consisting in 6 negative and 4 positive moulds) were produced in this context.

These items are marked respectively with numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 (positive moulds) and 24, 25, 27, 28, 29 and 30 (negative moulds).

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