‘fountain (earth fountain)’ by doug aitken acryl glass, metal, pumping system, colored methyl cellulose, lava stones dimensions: 136 x 198.5 x 92 cm image © designboom




mixed-media artist doug aitken from california has conceived ‘fountain (earth fountain)’, a tabletop sculpture at the artist’s booth for his installation for zurich’s galerie eva presenhuber at art basel 2012. letters spelling the word ‘art’ are the base of a cascading thick liquid, resembling either chocolate or a kind of earthly sludge by most gallerygoers’ estimation. the piece is made from acrylic glass, metal, colored methyl cellulose and is controlled by a pumping system for the bubbling and sliding of the liquid.

doug aitken forward view image © designboom

doug aitken closer view, including of the lava rocks in the object’s base image © designboom

doug aitken the liquid is not actually chocolate or mud but colored methyl cellulose image © designboom

doug aitken the installation was shown at art basel 2012 image © designboom

doug aitken the piece is accompanied by lava stones image © designboom

doug aitken image © designboom

film of the cascading sculpture in action video © designboom