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1735, architect B.С. Rastrelli

The trick-fountain "the Oak" was created in 1735 from the model of the sculptor B. С. Rastrelli, and originally decorated one of the round pools of the Upper Garden, gleaming in the sun with its gilded leaves. Having been removed from there in the middle of the XVIII century, in 1802, it was installed by the master F.A. Strelnikov, on its present place - in one of the green shrubberies adjacent to the Monplaisir alley, on the western side. The gold-plated fountain, was given an appearance more suitable for the landscape park: "the Oak" was painted in a "natural wood" color and turned into a fountain complex, consisting of several "water tricks".

The branchy six-meter hollow trunk of the tree, decorated on the outside with lead that imitates the bark, gets filled with water from the root to the top and to the tip of each branch, from where the water sprays squirt. Around "the Oak", there are large jetting "Tulips", and close by, there are two wooden benches. There are 41 nozzles hidden behind their backs, that unexpectedly spurt silvery water jets up, drenching visitors passing by.

After the war, based on the preserved drawings and on a single remained branch with leaves, with gilding standing out from under the green paint, the masters, father and son, the Lavrentievs, in 1953 re-created the magic tree: the metal trunk, 500 tubular branches and 2500 leaves.