Hyde Park has just opened its first new drinking fountain in 30 years, and it's big and very shiny...
This drinking fountain was opened in London’s Hyde Park last week, the first in the park for 30 years.
The fountain, made by sculptor David Harber, is a 1.2m diameter sphere made of mirror-polished, marine-grade stainless steel, studded with petals of oxidized verdigris bronze.
Set on a granite plinth, it has four drinking stations and a spout to fill up water bottles.
It was donated to the park by property developer Michael Freeman.
The arrival of the drinking fountain coincides with the news that London mayor Boris Johnson has failed to set aside a budget for his plan to deliver a new era of water fountains.
The Evening Standard reported that despite the £6m budget to improve parks across the city in a scheme called Help a London Park there is no specific money to install drinking fountains.
Hyde Park latest fountain was donated by property developer Michael Freeman.