Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Carousel

The Carousel sits inside a pavillion on the Quay at Waterfront Geelong. It is an antique Armitage-Herschell carousel dating back to 1892, restored to operating condition. The carousel consists of 36 wooden horses and 2 chariots, and this includes 24 original horses which took over 300 man hours to restore.

The carousel tells the story of King Arthur and Camelot. The beautiful paintings form branches which hold the canopy like a giant tree, with panels showing the tales of the story. The horses and chariots circle the story and along with the whimsical carnival music give the pavilion a fairytale like atmosphere.Originally the carousel was powered by steam but in its restored form it now runs on electric power.

One of the horses in original condition

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