An animal fountain, and also a stone fountain. Found at the end of a cul-de-sac in Basel, on one cold day in April perhaps. The light is still cold, blue, wintery and Northern. One of the reasons I love being in the South is that the light has the warm glow of an orange, even in winter, the quality of light, the blue of the skies is very different. Here even on sunny days, the sun is brighter, harsher, light and lemon-coloured, telling you you are not in the South. One of the things I missed most when moving from DC to Switzerland was that the light here is “wrong”, I still feel that way, the light down South is just more “me” odd isn’t it? Curious to know from all of you who have travelled and lived in so many places whether you made the same observation. I can still tell today as I look out at the sun in the tree tops.
I have so many things I’d like to do, and so little time. One of those things is to run a website for graduate students looking for a masters thesis topic, regardless of the area. That way someone else could do the research for me. Recently with all the fountains I have become curious about the different styles, the Swiss and German fountains are usually functional and austere. The Austrians, unsurprisingly, loving majesty, have some impressive, fountains. The English do whimsical, playful and classical equally well, and fountain statues seem frozen in a moment of activity, compared to the capricorn above, which is less a capricorn than the statue of a capricorn, if see what I mean. TGeriatrix has submitted a number of Czech fountains, all of them make me think that the Czech artists have the ability to see into another world with scary creatures in it, which influences their sculpture, and the US fountains don’t really fit into any category that I can see, although they are very good at kitsch, in fountains too. Catholic countries appear to do do more elaborate fountains, compared to the reduce to the max Swiss Germans where the fountains reflect the bare protestant churches (nowadays these are also empty). The Swiss French do things differently of course, check out Jude’s photos for proof. And yes this is not a scientific assessment, I do know that! Oh I forgot Aletta – the South Africans, well, based on Aletta’s pictures, of fountains in vineyards. If I were an alien coming to Earth, or an archeologist in 2000 ears, when inexplicably all digital records have been lost to mankind, I would assume that fountains are inextricably linked to vineyards, and would perhaps conclude that the South Africans are a nation of great party-goers and that the fountains were filled with wine…
Any graduate art student reading this, wouldn’t it be interesting to compare culture conveyed by fountain?
Curious about the fountain challenge – join in. Read below for the rules!
We had some great submissions last week, I will be sharing them in next weeks post, bi-weekly fountain link sharing works well :)!
Have a great weekend all!
I shall post a fountain each Friday within a particular theme which will change each month. You are invited to join in by posting one or more of your own fountains within the month that fit into the theme and either add a link (ping-back) in your post to mine or link to it in a comment on my post.
To make it easier to find everyone’s posts, perhaps you could add the Tag ‘Fountain Series‘.
You don’t have to post on a Friday. Any day in the month will do. If you have loads of pictures that fit into a theme, feel free to post several times during the month or create a gallery or whatever works best for you. While I’ve never run a challenge, I am following Jude’s capable lead and letting myself be inspired by her categories, so I am feeling hopeful that this will work out.