Wright Park

Wright Park

Wright Park's fountains share the Bird Pond with the Fisherman's Daughter statue.  This statue is a copy of one of five classically inspired statues that were purchased in Paris in 1889 and donated to Wright Park by Tacoma entrepreneur Clinton Ferry.  The statues convey the City Beautiful movement's (1890's-1920's) aesthetic sensibility.

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Testing the Waters



This blog explores how water reflects symbolic and concrete ideas.  Water provides a channel for connecting ideas to material reality, thereby fostering considerations of embodied ideas.

I will begin with a multi-part investigation of fountains.  This seems fitting as the etymology of fountain, font, means source.  Fountains represent sources and/or centers of life, power, communal spaces, control, spectacle, leisure, health, purity, cleansing, and allegories throughout history.  They also provide access to life giving water. 



Drinking fountain outside the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill in Rome.