OOS Sculpture

Fountain of the Waters

Date Unknown / Chester A. Beach / Cleveland

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The centerpiece of the Fine Arts Garden, sculpted by renowned American sculptor Chester Beach. Sculpted out of fine Georgia marble, the two figure groups represent the waters that flow out of the lake and into the land, while the main basin represents the great parent lake, Lake Erie. High reliefs of children on the north and south faces of the fountain represent the flowers that grow on the river banks.

The Fine Arts Garden was conceived as a space where visitors could become one with the universe. The sculpture in the garden personify cosmic and planetary phenomena in bronze and marble. The water flows from the central fountain towards the earth and towards the sun, expressed in bronze sculptures that flank the basin. Surrounding the entire park are plinths carved to express the stars of the zodiac.

Location: Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Chester A. Beach, “Fountain of the Waters,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed July 6, 2022, http://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/48.

Title

Fountain of the Waters

Description

The centerpiece of the Fine Arts Garden, sculpted by renowned American sculptor Chester Beach. Sculpted out of fine Georgia marble, the two figure groups represent the waters that flow out of the lake and into the land, while the main basin represents the great parent lake, Lake Erie. High reliefs of children on the north and south faces of the fountain represent the flowers that grow on the river banks.

The Fine Arts Garden was conceived as a space where visitors could become one with the universe. The sculpture in the garden personify cosmic and planetary phenomena in bronze and marble. The water flows from the central fountain towards the earth and towards the sun, expressed in bronze sculptures that flank the basin. Surrounding the entire park are plinths carved to express the stars of the zodiac.

Subject

Publisher

Ohio Outdoor Sculpture

Type

Identifier

48

Location City

Location County

Location Notes

Fine Arts Garden, south of museum

Provider Qualifier

Gift of

Provider Entity

Mrs. Leonard Hanna

Location Site

Location Street

11150 East Boulevard

Location Type

Media Base Depth

35 feet

Media Sculpture Height

12 feet

Media Base Height

10 feet

Media Base Width

35 feet

Creation Date

1927

Materials