La Fuente en Calle Segunda: The Spring of Second Street
“Art in Public Places, as part of the Second Street District Streetscape Improvement Project, commissioned artists to create a series of sculptural environments, called The Springs Project, that include water features and seating elements. The theme focuses on Austin’s unique hydrology and geology, and responds to the influence of the Edwards Aquifer and the area rivers (after which the north/south intersecting streets have been named). La Fuente en Calle Segundo is the first piece to be installed as part of this series.
Designed and fabricated by the artist team of Roger Colombik & Jerolyn Bahm-Colombik, La Fuente en Calle Segundo is a permanent, site-specific sculpture located on the north side of 2nd Street near the corner of San Antonio Street. The sculpture is intended to serve as an elegant and meditative work for the patrons of the Second Street District and the neighborhood residents. Designed as a sculptural fountain, the work features graceful, sweeping forms in bronze that intersect with and suspend a bronze vessel. The vessel serves as a fountain collecting pool that releases water across the front lip, cascading to the ground. The water passes through a steel grate mounted flush with the walkway surface. A custom designed seating element is permanently anchored in front of the fountain.