It Was A Fountain. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

May 23, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

It Was A Fountain

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It Was A Fountain 20220520 850_8240It Was A Fountain A portion of the fountain at Cathedral Square in Providence, Rhode Island. Original design by I.M. Pei and Zion & Breen.

A Former Fountain

A Former Fountain 20220520 850_8239A Former FountainA portion of the fountain at Cathedral Square in Providence, Rhode Island. Original design by I.M. Pei and Zion & Breen.

Providence has a lot in common with Italy. Federal Hill is a testimony to this concept. Cathedral Square in the same city has something in common with ancient Rome as well. That is, ruins.

In the middle of Cathedral Square is a one time fountain. The design is from a great 20th century architect , IM Pei in collaboration with Zion & Breen.

Somehow, things never quite took and the fountain has fallen into disrepair. The bricks chipped, the mortar breaking, and plants growing through. Even so, we see the meticulous workmanship and perfect spacing of each brick. It is obvious that artists and craftsmen were part of this installation.

Like any ruin, there is still art evident as we look at the pattern of the bricks. This installation may one day become material corruption. But there is a mesmerizing patterning in the brick installation that is worth preserving as street photography art.

 

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