Having roots in the practice of Suiseki,
this fountain was originally conceived as a dynamic water analog to a formal
Japanese Zen garden. In contrast to a Zen garden where water is represented as
raked patterns in sand, this fountain generates a continually changing pattern
of waves that course around the rocks positioned on the water platform.
Depending on the rock forms, their sizes and shapes, and the generated waves,
the fountain can evoke a near or far island view in a calm or turbulent sea.
The water sculpture is elegant in it's
visual simplicity. It speaks towards extending one's mind by using the fountain
as a metaphor for both tranquility and perception of change.
The water sculpture's base is made from
reinforced, solvent-welded black acrylic. The water platform is made of
turquoise acrylic and glass. Hand selected rocks are strategically placed on
the surface of the water platform to suggest islands in the sea. Hidden nozzles
supply a variable flow of water to the platform - varying in rate and amplitude
over time. This creates patterns of water movement around the rocks - ebbs,
flows, morphing waves that interfere, coalesce, and more. The sculpture comes
with a recessed leveling platform to insure that the water surface is level.
The water sculpture's behavior is
controlled by a utility patented electronic controller (housed in a small
separate unit). We program fixed and random variations into the control so that
the sculpture appears to the viewer to not have repeating patterns. No two
Islands sculptures exhibit the same sequence of flow variations - thus each is