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Günter Wolfsberger

Kinetic Fountain: "Lisboa" (2000)

The interactive “Kinetic Fountain”, which was presented at the World Exhibition in Lisbon, is located in the entrance area of the University. It uses the interaction of air and water and is activated by persons in its vicinity. As soon as someone approaches the fountain, a hidden mechanism causes the water to start swinging. The installation is intended to invite passers-by to a moment of relaxation, in a similar way to the influence of water moving at the bank of a stream.
Kinetic Fountain
The visible part of Kinetic Fountains consists of a steel basin 2.5 square metres in size, which contains 13 stainless steel cones. Each of these is loosely anchored and covers an air supply point. A movement sensor operates an air pump installed in the cellar, which causes the individual funnels to float up in a completely irregular manner; after giving off air bubbles they sink to the bottom again. This movement is amplified by fishing rods coloured with ultramarine blue pigment. Funnels and fishing rods are devices associated with water - in this work they are used to illustrate movement. Watching moving water is known to be relaxing; an unconstrained stream or waves near the bank exert a calming effect. On moving a few metres away from the fountain, the water and fishing rods settle down until the next passer-by triggers the spatial exploration by the tentacle.
Günter Wolfsberger
Kinetic Fountain: "Lisboa" (2000)
Steel basin with 13 stainless steel cones
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The work of art was purchased by the Lower Austria provincial government and made available to Danube University Krems.
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