Rockefeller Fountains Picture

Two of Rene Paul Chambellan's fountainheads in two of the six pools of the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center. The front one is Will, a Nereid with one hand raised ready to strike, the other pushing on her vessel's gill, in Chambellan's Qualities That Spurred Mankind. Nereids were mythological daughters of the benevolent sea god, Nereus, and his wife, Doris, the daughter of Oceanus. Sea nymphs, or mermaids, they were said to accompany Poseidon and aid sailors during perilous storms. The one in the background is Leadership, represented by a muscular Triton with his head raised and blowing a large conch shell. Tritons are mermen having the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish. The first Triton, the messenger God of the deep, was the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, and Amphitrite, goddess of the sea. Over time, Triton's name and image came to be associated with a class of merman-like creatures.

Just as the Channel separates Britain and France, the Channel Gardens separate Rockefeller Center's British and French buildings.
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