Fountain as Historical Process
In 1914, tap water appeared in Chiayi City for the first time. Japanese people used fountains as a symbol of modern technology in water conservancy. After WWII, this fountain built with pebbles was reconstructed as a monumental pedestal. The pool was expanded from a small park to a roundabout, and the fountain became a spiritual landmark that people could only observe from a distance.
When the fountain has come to an expression of power itself, the water in the pool is no longer the focus. Statues are built, weathered, and replaced throughout history, but fountains are always splashing in different contexts. This site-specific work metaphorically recreates the archetype of a fountain. Without the subject for gazing, one may hesitate about where to look. The low quadrilateral appears to be a water surface or a pedestal, or perhaps it is just nothing.
There is no water but only the sound of water echoing around this 7.2-meter diameter pond as a narrative. The sound is collected from a stream at Chiayi Arboretum and mixed with multiple tracks in an attempt to mimic the original sound of a fountain.
Black pebble, Cyan Jade, Black granite, Sound installation
Part of 'Beneath the surface' exhibition at Chiayi Art Museum during 2021 Taiwan Design Expo
Image 01/ 04/ 07 credit: COOPERAPHY
Image 05/ 06 credit: Tsai Shi Fan
〈噴水池作為一種歷程〉為2021年台灣設計展期間、由台灣設計師連線與嘉義市立美術館策劃之 《現域》 展覽委託製作作品，觀照嘉義市依附在水文脈絡而生的記憶與空間，試圖探索在城市發展過程中可見與不可見的，及其表面之下的精神象徵及文化符號，進而推敲出對城市生活未來的想像。