The Fountain 'Confluence' in Cambridge, made of Fuerstensteiner granite, consists of gutter plates with carved pattern and round water collection plates. There are also block steps on the right and left side of the fountain.
The artist, Peter Randall-Page, worked with the design team and the local community to create an original public artwork to enrich the environment. ‘Confluence’ is a huge granite bowl-like sculpture embedded in the landscape in one of the site’s attenuation ponds. Inspired by river systems and deltas the piece has an intricate system of vein like branching gullies or ‘rills’ in which water is guided, flowing down to a central point.
Water is gently pumped to emerge at the top of the sculpture, bringing life to the carved rivulets etched into the stone as it flows downward. Not only is it visually contemplative, the sound is mesmerizing and meditative, too. The water flow is timed to periodically stop and start, creating a natural ebb and flow; a drawing in stone that appears and disappears in a natural timeless rhythm.
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