Sculpture, Schools and Filtrine Fountains
What do they have in common? In the early 1980’s, Maine’s legislature voted to devote 1% of funds designated for public building construction to commissioning art installations. The goal was to make “public spaces more appealing, useful or accessible through the incorporation of artworks.” Roger Majorowicz, an internationally renowned sculptor and a Maine resident, submitted multiple proposals that were approved by ‘Percent for Art’ committees throughout the state. Two of these projects utilized Filtrine fountains and were installed in public school buildings.
The first one at The Middle School of the Kennebunks was installed in 2002 and called Millpond II. Majorowicz, originally from South Dakota, was inspired by western themes and used found objects to create his sculptures. Millpond II is a spectacular piece (10’H x 21-10”W) that features gears, mirrors and Filtrine’s Model 107-16 high/low fountain in stainless steel. A colleague of Majorowicz, Janet Redfield, remembers that “Roger obtained a bunch of large, convex mirrors (maybe polished metal, not glass) and he used them because they flipped the image upside down as you approached the fountain and then back to right side up. “ The fountains are so well integrated into the artwork that it’s hard to distinguish one from the other. He selected the ADA compliant “Soft Touch” stainless steel button valve for both fountains.
The second installation was equally dramatic, though not quite as large (11’H x 15’ 7”W), and features a single Filtrine stainless steel fountain (Model 107-16). Majorowicz named this installation Millpond III and it was installed at the Greely Middle School in 2004. The metal structure behind the fountain is reminiscent of large vertebrae with sharp peaks that may have been inspired by whalebones or the profile of the Maine landscape.
Over time, artists and architects have selected Filtrine fountains to be features in their buildings or art installations. An architect named Minoru Yamasaki possibly started this trend when he worked with Filtrine to design the Model 107-16 drinking fountain (see Drinking Water Solutions, Vol. 1, Edition 1, 1/26/16). This type of collaboration continues today. The designers of the Water Cube in Pittsburgh recently specified Filtrine’s model B103 bottle filling stations and model 107-14 high/low drinking fountains for their public art installation (see Filtrine project profile, Drinking Water in the Park).
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