WATER FONT SHELL - OCEAN ANGEL
FOUNTAIN SHELL - On this page you will see how our artist takes a concept from study to a completed artwork, in this case in stainless steel. The Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 30 July 2018. All rights reserved.
BASE COLLAR - The font is inspired by ocean classics, combining the size of a giant clam with the elegance of a scallop shell. The objective of the shell is to collect fountain water and direct it back to the holding tank inside the brick pillar.
The Fountain of Youth is designed to have a font that collects water from the Ocean Angel as jets from a pump system within the brick base wash over our lady protector and gravity takes over to recycle the water from a local well after it has breathed the air.
As you can see from this sequence of photographs, the Ocean Angel is secured to mother earth with substantial steel sections going deep into a concrete anchor. A brick pillar is constructed around the steel frame, bonded to the brick with cement into the corners. A concrete drive was laid ahead of the concrete base further adding to the anchoring effect.
STUDY - Before making the steel sculpture a wooden frame was made to try out and gauge the angles before transferring the design into stainless steel, that is a lot more unforgiving if you make a mistake. The object of this design is to give the impression of the ocean using modern materials in a minimalist structure. Where this picture shows polythene as the scallops in the clam, those sections must hold sufficient water to be a font and funnel it back to the integral tank to feed the jet display.
SCULPTURE - This famous sculpture (one of a pair) by Jean Baptiste Pigalle features a giant clam.
Giant clams are the genus Tridacna of clams that are the largest living bivalve mollusks. There are actually several species of "giant clams" in the genus Tridacna, which are often misidentified for Tridacna gigas, the most
common species referred to as “the giant clam”.
STAINLESS STEEL - The mounting for a the font and statue of approximately 3 meters (10 feet) in height requires a solid frame. Especially so where the frame will house a water tank containing a pump. This also means providing water and electricity supplies. In truly sustainable fashion, the electricity is provided by the Sun via solar panels and the water comes from a well on site. This frame was set close on one meter deep in concrete.
BRICKLAYING - Once the concrete had set the bricklayer got to work. As the walls got higher strong sharp sand mix was used to bond the brickwork to the stainless steel frame. Eventually, the inside will be filled with concrete completely, save for a corrosion resistant steel drum that will contain a water pump and flow control apparatus.
ORNAMENTAL BRICKWORK - This picture shows the brick pillar completed, with the recycled bricks for the wall leading from the pillar stacked to one side ready to be rebuilt. Please note that the photographs of the fountain and statue build are Copyright © Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.
THE FRAME - Elegant stainless steel tubing supports the arms of the giant shell that will make the font.
Please note that the fountain shell is an original artwork fashioned from stainless steel bar and tubing. The design is copyright and may not be reproduced in any scale without express permission from the artist.
Our artist used an inverter welding machine from R-Tech to
join the stainless tubing using 316 welding wire, a set of
spirit levels (one adjustable) and a good eye. It is very
important that the shell is symmetrical and level with the
ground and buildings.
FRAME - That is the basic frame made. We now have to insert the shell folds in architectural grade polycarbonate. The Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 30 July 2018. All rights reserved.
THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
In the 16th century the story of the Fountain of Youth became attached to the biography of the conquistador Juan Ponce de León. As attested by his royal charter, Ponce de León was charged with discovering the land of Beniny. Although the indigenous peoples were probably describing the land of the Maya in Yucatán, the name—and legends about Boinca's fountain of youth—became associated with the Bahamas instead. However, Ponce de León did not mention the fountain in any of his writings throughout the course of his expedition.
ROYAL CHARTER - A drawing showing Juan Ponce de León and his soldiers searching for the fountain of youth. In our view water is the life supporting source that feeds our children and so perpetuates the species.
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