This is one of a number of small models
for a large sculptural fountain installation. As shown, acrylic tubing is
formed in a curvilinear shape and heat distressed to yield a fine network of
expansion bubbles spaced along the tube. Alternatively, the tube can be
fabricated in stainless steel or copper.
The tubing could be on a dedicated floor
space so that viewers can walk in proximity to it; or the tubing could be
surrounded by water.
In the model shown the curved tube
terminates at water or floor level as shown in the model. A specially-designed
spray nozzle would be embedded in the end of this curved tube.
The end of this tube is radially
coincident with a mating second tube that rises above floor level - as shown in
the model. Alternatively, if a water platform is provided as part of the
scultpure, this second tube would terminate slightly below water level -
thus creating a vortex-like effect.
In full scale operation, water would be
pumped through the curved tube, exit the tube nozzle as a confined spray, and
be received by the second tube. This second tube would be fitted with a mesh
screen at its opening to allow only the water and/or spray to enter the tube
While not shown in the model, this second
tube would communicate with a sound chamber below floor (or water) level where
water would be conditioned and pumped back up the first tube.
a viewer would observe what appears at a distance to be a static sculpture;
upon moving closer to the installation the "static" sculpture would be
revealed, instead, to be a dynamic sound and water piece.
By dynamically varying the flow rate into
the curved tube, the sound and visual appearance of the sculpture could be made
to vary over time. Depending on the design of the nozzle and sound chamber, a
soundscape can be pre-designed to simulate the dynamic sound spectrum of a
waterfall or ocean surf. The result would be a visually powerful sound, water,
and sculptural gestalt which would "read" from the near to the far