Fountain/Fall
Installation
New York, NY
2010 (Concept)


Fountain / Fall are public art installations that are both architectural and performative. Tens of thousands of balls pour or emerge from typically unnoticed sources such as a glass skylight, a plaza fountain, an open window, or a mechanical vent. As the balls cascade down a façade or spout into the air, there is a moment of architectural interruption – a disintegration of once familiar forms. The cycle of the balls falling and then collecting is timed in order to draw the notice of passerby who will gather in anticipation of each imminent release.

Fountain is an intervention that replaces the water of a plaza fountain with a seemingly undisturbed pool of balls. Once every minute or two, the pool appears to drift upwards at its center, the balls moving vertically to create a levitating, floating cloud. Just as suddenly, the fountain collapses and the balls return to a position of rest. Sited opposite of its water-filled twin, the ball-filled fountain creates a disrupted mirror of itself, introducing aspects of play and anticipation into the everyday using manipulation of materials and time.

 

 

Fountain / Fall are public art installations that are both architectural and performative. Tens of thousands of balls pour or emerge from typically unnoticed sources such as a glass skylight, a plaza fountain, an open window, or a mechanical vent. As the balls cascade down a façade or spout into the air, there is a moment of architectural interruption – a disintegration of once familiar forms. The cycle of the balls falling and then collecting is timed in order to draw the notice of passerby who will gather in anticipation of each imminent release.

Fall is an interruption of architectural space in which a cascade of balls pours down from a ceiling or along a façade. Descending through space, the balls appear to fragment the architecture from which they emerge. Pouring from above, they fall into a sloped platform where they are collected and recycled slowly upwards only to flow down again in a cycle that repeats every several minutes. An unexpected deluge followed by an extended period of calmness, the installation balances anticipation and a sense of play, using a disruption of existing architecture to introduce the unpredictable into the everyday.