elephountain water spring by cibicworkshop elephountain water spring by cibicworkshop
oct 10, 2013

elephountain water spring by cibicworkshop

cibic workshop elephountain
all images courtesy of cibicworkshop

 

 

‘elephountain’ is sculptural spring developed by italian cibicworkshop, which interprets the theme of water in a whimsical and unusual way. a contemporary approach to classical aesthetics is accomplished through the use of both ancient crafting techniques and new technology. ten, hand-carved ceramic elephant heads are fixed on the facade of the fountain’s central wall. the vibrant red silhouettes are the source of flowing water, which pours out from a faucet-like void at the end of the animals wavy trunk. the motif alludes to traditional fixtures of ancient fountain design, which typically presented a stone faced lion’s mouth as the origin of an infinite water stream.

 

the central structure that receives the water is made of lea ceramiche’s slimtech paneling, an ultra-thin ceramic substance, which is printed with a delicate, circular pattern. illuminating the structure in a theatrical manner are luceplan lights — collaborators on the project — whose e06 spotlights accent the fountain with sparse touches of warm light, underscoring and enhancing the qualities 
of the materials.

 

 
a detail of the elephant head, with water flowing from its trunk

 

 


five silhouettes are fixed on each side of the fountains central wall

 

 


ultra-thin ceramic walls panel the structure

 

 


the vibrant red animal heads reappropriate the context of traditional fountain motifs

 

 


viewed from the side, the symmetrical structure lights up the room

 

 


a close-up view of the animal heads from the side 

 

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