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Blenheim Palace Surveyor Richard Bowden.<br />
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All that Glisters....Is Gold! <br />
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This spectacular restoration of the Mermaid Fountain at Blenheim Palace uses 8750 leaves of real gold to restore its stunning golden hue.<br />
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The ornate gilded bronze fountain has been returned to its original glory more than a century after its original installation.<br />
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The Mermaid Fountain is the centrepiece of the formal Italian Garden at Blenheim Palace.<br />
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Sculpted by renowned British/American artist Thomas Waldo Story it was installed at the Oxfordshire World Heritage Site by the 9th Duke of Marlborough in 1912.<br />
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However over the decades the fountain became covered with a thick layer of limescale and algae and restorers used 350 books of almost pure 23 ¾ carat triple layer Old English gold to bring it back to life.<br />
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The work is part of a £40 million rolling programme of conservation being carried out at the UNESCO World Heritage Site which was the birthplace of Winston Churchill.