Water, Fountain, Sculpture

This half-day seminar explores how water and fountains have been used by artists and sculptors for a variety of purposes. The afternoon will begin with a discussion of Marcel Duchamp's 'Fountain' (1917) and will also examine more recent examples of water sculpture such as the memorial at Ground Zero.

In collaboration with Dr Godehard Janzing (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte), Valerie Bussmann (independent), Nicole Wermers (artist), William Pye (artist) and Caroline Locke (artist) .

Godehard Janzing will discuss ‘Falling Waters at Ground Zero: when Terrorism turns into Nature’ and how the use of the symbolism of water becomes problematic in this context. Valerie Bussmann will continue the theme of the city with an examination of the relationship Paris has with water as both necessity and art. Water as a sculptural material will be explored by Nicole Wermers, focusing specifically on her 2011 series ‘Wasserregal’ (‘Watershelves’). Caroline Locke will share the themes of water and vibration that have formed a key part of her practice. William Pye has long been inspired by water and first introduced it as a major sculptural element in his work in the 1980s.

This event has been organised in collaboration with the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris (Max Weber Foundation)

Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Galleries: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Research Library: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm; Sunday, 1 - 5pm
Archive of Sculptors' Papers: Tuesday to Friday, by prior appointment