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Broken Shelley fountain in Sussex to be fixed

Rising Universe fountain in Horsham, Sussex
The Rising Universe fountain was inspire by Shelley's poetry

More than £30,000 is to be spent on repairs to a broken Sussex fountain built to commemorate the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

The money will be used to fix the hydraulics inside the Rising Universe water feature in Horsham town centre.

The fountain, which was unveiled in 1996, features a large globe that fills with water as it rises and falls.

It was created by sculptor Angela Conner who said she was inspired by Shelley's poem Mont Blanc.

The artwork, commonly referred to as Shelley's Fountain, has been plagued by mechanical problems in recent years.

'Unique art'

In January 2009 it was fenced off after the hydraulics which push the globe up and down seized.

A spokesman for Horsham District Council said: "Repair work will start at the end of March.

"The option was chosen as the most cost effective way forward as well as preserving this unique piece of public art for the town.

"The mechanics of the fountain will soon be overhauled and, once running again, the water feature will flush less frequently so as to reduce wear and tear."

Shelley was born to an aristocratic family in Horsham, Sussex in 1792.

His most famous poems include Prometheus Unbound, To A Skylark and Adonais, written in memory of Keats.

His second wife Mary wrote the novel Frankenstein.

He eventually settled in Italy and drowned in 1822 while sailing in the Bay of Spezia, near Lerici on the Italian Riviera.

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