Client: Texas Tech University System

Location: Lubbock, TX, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $197,000

Project Team


Juanjo Novella

Art Consultant

Erin Vaden

Texas Tech University


TTU made an international call for artists and finally they choosen the called Fountain sculpture as a landmark in the coutyard of the new Petroleum Research Building.
This piece talks about the water, the petroleum and the earth. Features: 19 fts high, 12 tons and was made with two huge plates of 25 mm thickness, 1 inch.


The main goal was integrate the subject about petroleum with the new building. Most important part was the fact to take the sculpture as a place and allow the people interact with it. The semi open character of the courtyard was an other issue, It should be possible to invite to come in to the yard. Issues such as colour, size and shape have been taken in consideration in a proper way, resulting an exciting piece of art running together with the architecture.


Texas Tech University has a Public Art department which ruled all the process and which allowed in easy way to get the final of the artistic commision. It was provided to the artist all kind of information, advising and help. Building and sculpture were made at the same time, and all the persons involved have taken part.