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Water Sculpture

The Water Sculpture celebrates long life and enormous energy of creativity. Computer-manipulated water jets spanning 72’ of the 126’ long pool shoot water 20’ into the air. It is a direct response to the request for a "spectacular" fountain to attract people to the park. The Water Sculpture refers to the environment, drawing its significance from one of the massive old Baobab Trees in ArtsPark at Young Circle. The Baobab Tree, also known as the "Tree of Life," is considered to be a sacred tree and an inspiration for mythology and legend in West Africa and other regions of the world where it grows. Capable of living for one thousand years or more, its monumental thick trunk eventually becomes a reservoir holding hundreds of gallons of life-sustaining water. The significance of the Baobab Tree as a source of water and of life itself cannot be under-estimated and thus it is natural that it should play a key role in defining the actual form of the Water Sculpture.
Water Sculpture
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Water Jet

The height of the water driven by the water jets corresponds directly to the peaks and valleys represented by a measurement of the electronic life wave pattern of this majestic tree. This energy pattern is transmitted from the Baobab Tree to the fountain in the form of a continuous and ever changing wave pattern defined by the shooting water.

Nighttime illumination will enhance the dramatic visual effects of the Water Sculpture, and a sound component is developed to correspond to the visual pattern. The long but narrow footprint of the water sculpture situated in the central plaza addresses the challenge to make a prominent visual statement using a minimum of space.

Radial Pattern: water pool and sidewalk

The pattern in the pool connects with the radial pattern on the walkway leading to and from the Baobab, establishing a physical and metaphorical link between the pool and the tree. The pattern is also applied to the sidewalk and it connects the Baobab Tree and the fountain water jet nozzles directly. It draws attention and makes the connection between these two elements visually clear.

Radial Pattern: water pool and sidewalk Radial Pattern: water pool and sidewalk
Radial Pattern: water pool and sidewalk
Radial Pattern: water pool and sidewalk

Ceremonial Rope

Festive Rope, specially designed by Ritsuko Taho is tied around the Baobab tree to signify a source of the life signal of the fountain. The Rope is changed once every year.

Ceremonial Rope

Tree Sound

Tree Sound is a crucial part of the Water Sculpture in combination with visual presentation of life information. The sound magnifies the dynamic quality of the artwork, transforming a wave pattern from the Tree into a life form. Six Sound Poles constructed of powder-coated aluminum are located around the Baobab tree, and Tree Sound is played through stereo speakers, to completely surround visitors in the immediate area and block out distracting roadway noises. The volume of the sound is appropriately controlled without interfering with near-by performance areas in the ArtsPark.
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