Elefountain / Winterset Limestone / Fountain: 17 x 5 x 24″ Base: 12 x 10 x 2″ / $2,900 studio sale only
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I have to say that I have something of a fascination for the appearance of water rushing over the surface of stone. It doesn’t matter whether the stone is in the natural form – in nature, as in a riverbed, or the stone that I carve myself.
As with Bird Mountain Fountain the challenge in carving Elefountain was in keeping the water from surging over the surface of the stone and splashing into the water below, and as with Bird Mountain I was able to keep just the right amount of tension within the film of water to ensure the water runs smoothly over the entire surface of the carving – in this case the elephants face and trunk.
The fountain actually employs two pumps – one for the face and trunk, and one for the spout. Thus just the right amount of pressure was attained for both purposes.
Although the fountain may look as though it is carved ‘in the round’ when seen from the front the sculpture actually employs traditional bas relief techniques to portray a sense of depth and create a full three dimensional aspect, even when viewed from an angle.
Although by no means a loud fountain the combination of the two water flows ensure that Elefountain creates a lovely refreshing splish-splashing that serves to mask the ambient noise created by urban living – and would perfectly serve a courtyard or back garden in any town or city that requires an elephant. And let’s face it – what urban courtyard or back garden doesn’t?
To hear just what Elefountain sounds like click here.
Carving Elefountain proved very rewarding – to the point that I am already contemplating my next animalfountain: Gorillafountain perhaps?
By the way, stone carving (the way I carve stone) does often place fate in the hands of the gods. The iris in the eye above – both eyes in fact, was not carved by me but just happened to appear as I chiseled away at the stone. But having said that I can’t imagine them being more perfectly placed. Spooky stuff when you think about it!
Till next time, all the best.