A five-ton slab of granite appears to float on a bed of fog. Model and Photo © Stuart Williams. Click on photo for a larger view.
“Floating Granite Fountain”
© Stuart Williams 2000. All rights reserved.
Davis, California
COMMISSIONED PROPOSAL

Defying Gravity: A five-ton slab of granite appears to magically float over an undulating, flowing bed of fog. Water bubbles up through 3 holes in the surface of the stone, and washes over it in random, natural patterns. As the water reaches the edges of the stone, it cascades and dribbles down to a circular pool of water beneath the stone. The sound of flowing, pouring, dripping water echoes and reverberates as the granite acts as a kind of hovering lid over the pool of water, which serves to intensify and enrich the sound. As one places his or her hand on the cool, wet stone, the shallow sheets of water leisurely flowing across the surface are redirected in subtle and unexpected ways. On a hot Davis summer day, the cooling fog will be a welcome sensation as it slips past legs in shorts. At night, the constantly fluid, always changing, “bed of fog” will come alive, as lighting beneath the granite slab will make the fog glow.

This was a finalist proposal for Davis, California Public Art.

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Model and Photo © Stuart Williams.
At night, the constantly fluid, always changing, “bed of fog” will come alive, as lighting beneath the granite slab will make the undulating fog glow.
Model and Photo © Stuart Williams.
As one places his or her hand on the cool, wet stone, the shallow sheets of water leisurely flowing across the surface are redirected in subtle and unexpected ways.
Water bubbles up through 3 holes in the surface of the stone, and washes over it in random, natural patterns.
Artist's sketch #1
Artist's sketch #2
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