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Vaillancourt Fountain - San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
N 37° 47.723 W 122° 23.711
10S E 553249 N 4183284
Quick Description: A large fountain on San Francisco's Embarcadero. The fountain consists of multiple boxes stacked upon each other
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 11/9/2009 5:03:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM7MJD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member condor1
Views: 15

Long Description:
"The fountain sculpture is composed of 101 concrete boxes through which water flows in fourteen channels. The basic elements of the sculpture are 10 foot concrete boxes which are roughly 11 ft. in length and 5 ft. square. Thirty-seven of the elements are connected to form the rear base wall and the remaining sixty-four elements are connected to a height of approximately 30 ft. The elements are hollow allowing water to flow through them and pour out into the fountain pool. The pool is approximately 3 feet wide and 18 inches deep, and it surrounds the back of the sculpture.

Landscape architect, Lawrence Halprin collaborated with the artist on the design of the piece. The fountain sculpture was the winner of a limited international competition sponsored by the City of San Francisco in which five sculptors were invited to compete."
TITLE: Vaillancourt Fountain

ARTIST(S): Vaillancourt, Armand, 1929- , sculptor. Halprin, Lawrence, 1916- , landscape architect.

DATE: Installed April 1971. Dedicated 1972.

MEDIUM: Sculpture: aggregate concrete boxes and elements welded with structural steel tubes or with high tension non-corrosive alloy steel.

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS CA000020

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Located Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero, at the foot of Market Street, San Francisco, California 94111


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
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