Water as sculpture creates a challenge for the artist. The challenge is to integrate both the sight and sound of the water into the sculpture; to vary the look and sound of water means moving it over and through different surfaces. The popularity of fountains in the past decade has created a false impression of water. Most commercial fountains pump water through a reproduced form. Most of the sound comes from the dripping and not the sculpture. My water sculptures, on their own, try to use the natural sounds water can create.

 

The forms that I use in my water sculpture are designed to illuminate the visual properties of the water. The different size and shapes of the forms alters the sound of the water because of the distance it must travel both inside and out. The volume of sound comes from the amount of water in the basin of the sculpture.

The life of a water sculpture is both seen and heard. As with any other living entity the water sculpture takes care & nourishment. Water evaporates in contact with the air so one must continually replenish the water, and in our modern society small amounts of chemicals are used to keep the water free of algae & scale. Over time the interaction between the water and the stone creates a worn, seasoned look to the sculpture that mirrors water’s influence on our planet.

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