There are several classical ways of designing a fountain, and the authors of this project were purposefully trying to avoid all of them. Because of the systematical and innovative approach to the project, the end result is equally outstanding. The fountain will be located on one of the busiest streets in Ljubljana, near an important transfer bus station, making it an object that will impact the overall identity of the city centre. The architects were trying to come up with an idea for a new symbol of the city that prides itself in being green and eco-friendly.
The body of the sculpture is made from a 50cm wide stainless steel pipe that forms a giant loop, symbolically representing the water circle. The snake-like sculpture raises one of its ends high above the heads of pedestrians, forming an urban waterfall. Splashing is avoided by including a grate and a lowered draining shaft. Parts of the sculpture touch the ground and so the installation becomes part of urban equipment. It is possible to sit on the sculpture, observe and listen to the falling water. A sensor can be programmed to stop the water flow in the colder months or to change its pattern in the summer. The new object is encouraging the citizens to make it a point of reference in their everyday lives.
Project name: Water sculpture
Author/s: Mojca Kocbek Vimos, Primož Boršič
Investor: Municipality of Ljubljana
Construction: Alan Sodnik, u.d.i.g.
Installations: Boštjan Kristan, Aleš Žontar CMC GROUP d.o.o.
Written by Ajda Bračič