Lake Street Bubbler

the Ordway Center for Performing Arts

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Honoring water as the foundation of life


This drinking fountain sculpture and gathering area celebrate and honor water as the foundation of life, its ability to connect all life and its capacities as a natural shaping force.

The fountain sculpture is a geophysical time record, a response and containment of information of the effects of water on earth and human interaction and relationships with water. The design includes visual representations on Minnesota’s geology, time, water, process, the Mississippi River and human interaction with these elements and concepts. It is intended to encourage exploration of and generate civic dialogue regarding our drinking water: clean water, conservation, ownership, watershed, other sustainability issues, etc.

We chose a classical fountain design as a symbol of water and a traditional and inclusive community gathering place.