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The four statues atop the columns celebrate the role of water in
promoting life. The relief to the left of the central arch is
Agrippa commissioning the building of the Aqua Virga that originally
brought water to this area in the First century BC. The relief to the right of the
arch is a virgin who showed Agrippa's soldiers the
location of the source of the spring that would eventually supply
the aqueduct. The Trevi Fountain still uses water from this
In the alcove to the left of the arch is a statue representing
fertility and in the right alcove is another depicting good health.
The main installation is the majestic Neptune/Oceanus and a tribute
to the god's power. The horses play two roles. One steed is
headstrong and wrestles with his triton (a minor sea-god), while the
other is docile, causing its triton no difficulty. Each horse
is supposed to represent the calm/violent nature that can be display
by bodies of water.
While it is easy to spend your time looking at the statues, the
reef, upon which everything is posed, is a incredible work of art.
The rocks and the chiseled vegetation are carefully positioned to
add realism and majesty to the fountain and are considered Salvi's
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