Combining the useful with the enjoyable: this is the mission of a fountain. That is, to make available to citizens a good of public utility: water. And to embellish the urban landscape - to make it ornamental - by fondling the sight and the senses. 

Gorizia has some of the great value: like the fountain-obelisk in Piazza San Rocco, designed by the architect Antonio Lasciac. But also the one dedicated to Neptune by Nicolò Pacassi, in Piazza Vittoria. And, again, the metal fountain housed in the Public Gardens and donated to the city by Marshal Gyulai, who had come here to spend his retirement. Small (or big) works of art that represent a source of pride for Gorizia and underline its urban character. And the Town Council is providing for their appreciated makeup, but thirty could be made thirty-one. We are referring to that valuable artistic asset represented by the fountain of Hercules, built by the architect Nicolò Pacassi in 1775 and realized by the sculptor Marco Chiereghin. In Aurisina stone (and not only) the precious artefact was put in place at the beginning of the 19th century and was on display in Piazza De Amicis until the 1930s. It was then relegated inside Palazzo Attems (the former provincial museums took care of its restoration), thus making it accessible only to visitors to the museum. It would be nice if this work - of undisputed artistic value - was relocated, with a view to full exploitation of the remarkable cultural and artistic heritage of the city, in its original site and offered to tourists and Gorizia. The operation could be supported by the Region that manages the Pinacoteca di Gorizia while the Municipality could bear the costs of the connections. 

Finally, we think that in Gorizia we have at least the right to dream, but we are sure that also its illustrious author Nicolò Pacassi, would appreciate the initiative. Ercole himself would appreciate it: he would feel less lonely.

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