Client: Duluth Public Arts Commission
Location: Duluth, MN, United States
Completion date: 1994
Artwork budget: $100,000
Damon Farber Associates
Commercial Aquatic Engineering
The Fountain of the Wind is a participatory fountain located in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota. On the shore of Lake Superior. Approximate dimensions 35’ x 35’. Materials: bronze, stone, glass, water, stainless steel, concrete, light and a touch of gold leaf.
The Fountain of the Wind was created as a part of Lake Walk, a rediscovery of the waterfront along Lake Superior in Duluth MN. The art work is central to the success of Canal Park telling stories and mythology drawn from the great lake. The Fountain of the Wind draws people who become an animated part of the work. There is much laughter, many photos and an occasional scream of delight.
The artist worked with the Landscape Architecture firm of Damon Farber Associates, fountain engineers from Commercial Aquatics, lighting designer Deb Edwards and the city planning office for the City of Duluth under Gerald Kimball. Further collaboration took place for the custom glass work with Gillinder Brothers as well as custom machining by Scott Strampe.
Canal Park is one of the most visited sites in Minnesota. Central to the park is The Fountain of the Wind.