FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH - Miss Ocean Statue
INSPIRATION - This superb statuette was the inspiration for a water fountain feature. Water has long been held my man as giving the power of life. This translates to our oceans giving life to planet earth.
The Fountain of Youth is
held to be a spring that
restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. Tales of such a fountain have been recounted across the world for thousands of years, appearing in writings by Herodotus (5th century BCE), the Alexander romance (3rd century CE), and the stories of Prester John (early Crusades, 11th/12th centuries CE). Stories of similar waters were also evidently prominent among the indigenous peoples of the
Caribbean during the Age of Exploration (early 16th century), who spoke of the restorative powers of the water in the mythical land of
BEFORE & AFTER - It is interesting to many people to see how something is made. On these pages we show you how we constructed the base for our Fountain of Youth. We will also be showing you how the statue itself is constructed. In the picture above you can see the concrete base and stainless steel frame that is to be further reinforced with a stainless steel tank and a brick surround that will be filled with concrete. Landscape gardeners 'Swan Hedges' carried out the construction works, except for the stainless frame that was made by a local welder/fabricator.
MAKING A MESS - All large statues start with the ground works. Basically, work out how much weight you have to support and dig a big enough hole to sink a concrete base that is capable of taking the loads of the statue and fountain, allowing for high winds and the occasional knock. We found out a lot about the site when digging. For example, we had no idea about this drain pipe - evidence of an earlier and judging by the brickwork on the right - substantial former use.
SHUTTERING - Having rammed hardcore into the earth, we then poured in around more than a cubic meter of concrete in two stages. The first stage is shown here. The second stage was after the stainless steel frame was set on top of the first stage.
STAINLESS STEEL - The mounting for a 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.
SIMULATION - We used bricks from around the site that had been stored for a long time especially for the day when this fountain would see the light of day. Bricks were stacked around the steel frame dry, to get a feel for the subject.
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.
INTERNAL DETAILS - Here you can see the bonding of the steel to the brick walls and the internal shuttering that allowed us to place quarter rounds that were cut from some of the original semi-circular engineering bricks used to cap the original walls.
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. We used the original 100 year old+ bricks that were on site. This wall was in poor condition and much in need of repair. 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.
GARDEN WALL - The original garden wall was well and truly sunken into the earth but (it seems) built without any discernable foundations. We wanted the wall to tie into the brick pillar for added strength and by way of a latch to counteract the weight of the forward lean of the statue. Please note that the photographs of the fountain and statue build are Copyright © 18 July 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.
SHUTTERING - Having cleared out most of the bricks to a decent depth, the remaining solid courses were jet washed to provide a key - and then concrete was poured. The incline was divided into logical stages for as near an equal rise as practical, given that the slope is not regular. Please note that the photographs of the fountain and statue build are Copyright © 18 July 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.
PLASTIC WATERFALL - With the summer heat wave over and rain predicted by the Met Office, the concrete steps were covered in clear plastic sheeting, somewhat resembling a waterfall. We hated using plastic that is potentially single use, but we have used these same sections several times over now - so don't feel so guilty - they are no longer single use and we have a lot more use in store from them before we dispose of the sheets responsibly. Please note that the photographs of the fountain of youth and statue build are Copyright © 18 July 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.
BRICKLAYING - Using a line to keep the wall straight and a spirit level to keep it lever, our skilled bricklayer sorted the cleaned up bricks from the site into bricks good enough for the base layer, running courses and finally headers, and these were the best saved to last. The steps you see here are the first stage of our Stairway To Heaven. Our stairway to heaven is a ladder the takes you high above Solar House for a stunning view of the countryside. Please note that the photographs of the fountain of youth and statue build are Copyright © 5 August 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.
RAILINGS - With the seven walls complete (representing the seven seas) the next stage is to cut the timbers and lock them into place. We are using 8" x 8" inch treated posts with a vee cut in the top, mounted on top of a 9" x 2" base board, with 4" x 4" timbers fitted into the vee to form a handrail.
The water that feeds this fountain is from an ancient well on site that is said to be mineral laden. The well has supplied water to those in the Park and to surrounding properties near the village, but, the well only supplies Solar House today. Please note that the photographs of the fountain of youth and statue build are Copyright © 5 August 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.
PONCE DE LEON
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.
ST. AUGUSTINE - A postcard and a photograph of the entrance to the Archaeological Park built as a tribute to the geographical location of the landing of the Ponce de León.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK ST AUGUSTINE
MANUSCRIPT - This is the book in Pirates of the Caribbean 4 that tells the pirates a little of the Fountain of Youth with references to Aqua de Vida.
PIRATES MAP - This is the map in Pirates of the Caribbean 4 that shows Jack Sparrow the whereabouts of the Fountain of Youth known by the name Aqua de Vida.
The legend was most often associated with 16th-century Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León, who purportedly tried to find it in 1513, during his voyage to the New World. Ponce de León would have searched for the Fountain of Youth in an expedition to Florida and a mysterious island. While it was said that Ponce de León died while searching for the Fountain, rumors and legends persisted that the Spanish explorer had discovered it. Sometime after 1523, the route taken by Ponce de León in the Santiago's journey to the Fountain was depicted on the navigational charts that led to otherworldly realms: the Mao Kun Map.
ARTWORK - Storyboard version of a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean 4.
FINAL SCENE - This is how the above art was translated in Pirate of the Caribbean 4 - the Fountain of Youth.
TWO TIER - Not overly complicated, but this twin bowl cascade works rather well with the circular pond below feeding the water back to the pump.
RESEARCH - Our artist is seen here searching for the perfect water feature. Paris and Rome are the places to go if you are looking for fountains. This is Paris and one of the most exotic fountains in this amazing city where architectural water features abound. Is it the fountain of youth? No, but it makes you feel good just looking at it. Our researcher traveled quite a bit to acquire reference pictures for what will be a smaller statue, but unique, drawing inspiration from some of the greatest artists that ever lived.
BREATH TAKING - The Trevi fountain in Rome, Italy. One wonders at the cost and time taken to produce such a wondrous work or art - an outstanding assemblage.
MYTHOLOGY - We are not sure what this picture depicts but it certainly captures the spirit of the subject matter, except where the lady statue appears to be holding a plastic water (or other drinks) bottle.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
"Some say the Fountain be not more than legend false a mermaid's kiss. Others whisper of a curse that leave ya as dead as old Ponce here. What be the truth of it? I'll show
SCULPTURE - In 1921, Loy Myrna posed for Venice High School sculpture teacher Harry Fielding Winebrenner for the central figure “Inspiration” in his allegorical sculpture group Fountain of Education. Completed in 1922, the sculpture group was situated in front of the campus outdoor pool in May 1923, where it would stand for decades. Loy’s slender figure with her uplifted face and one arm extending skyward presented a “vision of purity, grace, youthful vigor, and aspiration” that was singled out in a Los Angeles Times story that included a photo of the “Inspiration” figure along with the model’s name—the first time her name appeared in a newspaper.
Myrna Williams was a shy 16-year-old dance student when her art teacher asked her to pose for one of three clay statues being created for the school's front lawn. The original statue "Inspiration" was unveiled in 1922 where it became the symbol of Venice High School and the Venice community.
Sculptor Harry Weinbrenner, Art Department
Chairman, used Myrna Williams as his model. With the start of her motion picture career, this shy student later became known as Myrna Loy.
At some point during the quest for the Shadow Gold, Jack Sparrow and the crew of the Black Pearl learned about the Fountain of Youth from a distant descendant of Ponce de León's, Diego. After this, Jack had been intrigued by the idea of finding the Fountain. At some point during their pursuit to lift the Aztec curse, Hector Barbossa's cursed crew discovered a young mysterious castaway who claimed to be Ponce de León. Barbossa believed his tale and, thinking the Fountain of Youth might hold the key to lifting the curse that his crew was under, set forth for the Fountain, only to discover the young man's tale to be false.
In 1750, several years after the War Against Piracy, a dangerous quest for the Fountain of Youth was endeavoured. Upon the discovery of the logbook of the Santiago, held by an ancient sailor, King Ferdinand of
Spain sent the Spaniard to find the Fountain. After learning of this discovery, King George II sent Hector Barbossa, now a privateer of the court, to find the Fountain before the Spanish. Rumored of having been to the Fountain itself, Jack Sparrow was forced aboard
the Queen Anne's Revenge to help Blackbeard find the Fountain.
PAINTING - Austrian artist Eduard Veith painted this scene of the mythical Fountain of Youth.
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