Thursday, March 29, 2012

Water Feature for the "The Grove at Shrewsbury"

Georgia is just finishing the clay work for a water feature to be installed this Spring at "The Grove at Shrewsbury", an interesting shopping/living community development in Shrewsbury, PA ( The owners were excited by the "Water Frolic" installation at the University Village in Seattle and commissioned Georgia to create a similarly joyful and interactive sculpture.

For this piece Georgia wanted the figures to fit the stones closely and naturally, so we needed to have the stones in the studio for the sculpting phase. To overcome the problem of weight, we worked with Turnstone Construction to have the stones created in cement, which leaves them hollow and much lighter. This will also make the plumbing, shipping, and installation a lot easier. We have worked with Turnstone on a number of projects in the past, including work at the Woodland Park Zoo, where they created many of the naturalized displays. You can see their work at

The rods in the figures mouths indicate direction of the water spouts, which will be flowing in constant streams and converging on and around the ducklings in the center. the streams will be tall enough for small children to run under - making a sort of circular tunnel under the water flow.

The fountain will be incorporated into an existing walkway, with red brick pavers as the final surface. The water will end up flowing into a grate behind the ducklings and recirculate.

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