Deep Fountain

Deep Fountain

Leopold de Waelplaats, Antwerpen, Belgium | View Map
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Kristien Daem

Deep Fountain

Cristina Iglesias en tant que Artistes.

The idea was to create a pool over an abyss: a deep cut in the base through which the waterdisappears.Yet with the water present one can still see the bottom of the pool, whichconsists of a cement bas-relief of plant forms, such as eucalyptus leaves, fungi, etc. Thedark color of the cement base allowsthe portico of the museum to be reflected in the water.The slit at the bottom causes the water to disappear and reappear. The piece has a timerthat creates four stages in the water:

1.Full: the water is completely still, forming a mirror in which the facade is reflected;

2.the water stirs and disappears into the absyss;

3.the basin lies empty, like a drained lake;

4.the water stirs again, rising to fill the pool, until it is completely still once more, forminga mirror.

We worked with what was there. I thought about how people would reach the square fromthe surrounding streets and how they would circulate. When I first had the idea of creatinga piece with water, I imagined a fountain, all fountains, from Borromini and Bernini tospectacular, but I championed the spectacular nature of the deep... the rhythm of the currents, the movements oft he tides.

The water reflects everything taking place around it, the streets that cross the square, the tram, the passers-by who pause to wait for the moment when the water disappears and the bottom is revealed with all its shimmering puddles. Then they notice that the leaves seem to move, and other less obvious things, and they wait for the same thing to happen again,for the water to rise up like an overflowing, from the inside out.

I was asked how long a visitor was likely to spend in the museum. How long would he or she be prepared to wait for the cycle to complete?

The local people immediately made the fountain their own. It was as if it had always been there, they said. In summer, the children paddle in the small pools left behind when the wayer ebbs away and then wait for the tide to rise again.

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