Latest Fountains of Musica News

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An incredible convergence of creativity happened as we continue our road to the Fountains of Musica.  Would you call a room full of engineers and contractors a convergence of creativity? Yes, you would as you look at their progress toward our finish line!

Fountains of Musica at Night, rendering by WET, Nashville, TN

Fountains of Musica Progress

So here’s the latest on our community efforts to bring this incredible Music City project to life. In early February, The Fountains of Musica Foundation Board met with our fountains designer WET’s Project Engineering Director Jim DeLeon, and contractor Outside The Lines (OTL) CEO Wick Zimmerman – all who flew in from Los Angeles – as well as our local engineers, Gresham Smith.

Design Meeting, Fountains of Musica

 

On this day, we clarified each detail in the construction plans so everything will run smoothly as the fountains are built. Due to the energy and creativity of the room ways to streamline the design and save money bubbled to the surface.  This was unexpected but consistent with our goal to be good stewards of this effort and the amazing people who have been early financial contributors.

 

Design Meeting, Fountains of Musica, Nashville

We have had amazing support in completing the original design for “Musica.” First installed in 2003, the project was unfortunately left bare without its fountains.  Did you know it was originally supposed to have water?  Many don’t.  From the very beginning, sculptor Alan LeQuire’s commission for “Musica” was a sculpture for a fountain. Flowing waters were essential to his vision and design.

From a song or a building to a delicious dinner or a work of art, no one likes anything left half-way or incomplete.

Fountains of Musica, rendering by WET Design, Nashville, TN

Community Support Needed

Now, let’s talk about money. Next steps are critical. Soon, we will be announcing some very exciting project commitments. And, we will also be announcing ways in which everyone can help complete this project. Wrap this beautiful work of art in the dancing, majestic waters it deserves.

Take a moment and watch our one-minute video and see for yourself the beautiful vision, which will soon become an icon for Nashville and the fitting gateway to our beloved Music Row.

 

Fountains of Musica at Night, rendering by WET, Nashville, TN

Year-End Gift Giving Supports Fountains Of Musica

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Honor a friend this holiday season by making a tax-deductible donation to The Fountains of Musica (a 501C3), the nonprofit organization working to complete the original vision for Musica creating a cultural landmark while strengthening our identity as a diverse and creative community. Click here to donate. 

The Fountains of Musica’s Central Fountain By WET

 

Fountains of Musica at Night, rendering by WET, Nashville, TN

 

Adding to the artistic creativity and vibrancy of Musica, The Fountains of Musica’s central fountain in the Buddy Killen Circle provides choreographed movement to the epicenter of Nashville’s iconic Music Row, one of the country’s most beloved historic sites.

 

Designed by WET in collaboration with Musica’s creator, Alan LeQuire, the main feature is comprised of a series of water-clad terraces that encircle the central sculpture and create a grade change within the site. The outermost terrace is divided into steps facing Demonbruen Street, from which flows a frothy cascade of water that connects it both symbolically and physically with its human audience.

 

A spiraling formation of pulsing jets emerges from the terraces and radiates around the nine bronze dancers. The water glides through the air toward the outer reaches of the traffic circle, as if the muses themselves are showering their artistic spirit across Music Row to the citizens and visitors of Nashville.

 

Arches of water create an interactive narrative with Musica’s lyrical figures. Their sculptural expressions produce kinetic collisions as they splash against the figures or evolve slowly from one composition to the next, sometimes holding their poses to create moments in time for visitors to photograph themselves against, as if posing with a troupe of aquatic performers unique to Nashville. They also create a playful curtain of water that first shrouds then reveals the towering figures.

 

The layers of ebullient jets also create a translucent scrim that momentarily veils the onlooker’s view of the sculpture. Ephemeral and stately, the veil provides an air of mystery and a strong visual impact for the passing commuters as they chase the joyful movement of water around the traffic circle, while pedestrians are captivated by the water’s intricately choreographed dance.

 

By creating captivating aquatic performances that dance with the majestic yet static figures, the main fountain provides an elegantly orchestrated experience, which adds to the exuberance of Musica and deepens the iconography of Nashville’s historic Music Row.

 

 

How Tennessee Celebrates Women’s Suffrage

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Original Article: Andrew Webster Reporting Editor, Fine Art Today

The establishment of a woman’s right to vote was finally realized in 1920, when Tennessee passed the 36th vote needed to ratify the 19th Amendment. Today, despite the countless important accomplishments women have made in our country, as little as 8 percent of public monuments celebrate their achievements.

The state of Tennessee and sculptor Alan LeQuire are overjoyed to be unveiling a new public monument celebrating the Women’s Suffrage movement. The sculpture will feature five figures and will be located at Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Via the press release for the monument, “Select works will be on exhibit through August at LeQuire Gallery to celebrate Alan’s broad career and his newest Public Commission. The exhibit will include clay and bronze figures, miniature to monumental, as well as some of Alan’s drawings and watercolors, and of course, his portraiture. One or two of the clay figures from the Suffragist Monument may be in the room too, providing a sneak peek of the August 26th unveiling.”

To learn more, visit LeQuire Gallery.

This article was featured in Fine Art Today, a weekly e-newsletter from Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.

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Fountains of Musica Construction

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While it is exciting to add such a compelling attraction to Nashville and the Music Row area, the installation of the Fountains of Musica will involve construction.

Fountains of Musica Fountains Rendering, WET, Fountains of Musica Foundation, Nashville

Good news, we will be working closely with many of the Metro departments to keep any disruption for area residents, commuters, tourists and business owners to a minimum.  The other good news, the first part of the process is fabrication of the specialized nozzles and other fountain components. This will take place in Los Angeles and be designed and manufactured by WET.

Fortunately for the project, electric and water lines are already underground inside the traffic circle (under the existing grass).  Most of the construction will take place inside the inner ring where “Musica” stands. Construction will not affect the sculpture.  WET has years of experience working in tight construction areas installing fountains all over the world, including inside traffic circles, such as Columbus Circle in New York City.

We will also be installing an interactive fountain in Owen Bradley Park and a cascade in the median of Division, flowing toward 17th. Once most of the installation of pumps, nozzles, etc. and granite slabs, over which water will slide and cascade from level to level, is complete, there may be a short period of lane closure to link everything together. As always, it will be done with the help of Metro Public Works. As Mayor Megan Barry said in our news conference announcement, the goal is always to “keep traffic flowing!”

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Metro Nashville Mayor Megan Barry at the Fountains of Musica news conference announcement.

Privately-funded, Fountains of Musica Announced

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At a February 24 news conference, a major transformation was announced for Nashville’s iconic Music Row sculpture, “Musica,” by the nonprofit behind the project, The Fountains of Musica Foundation, in partnership with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Music Row representatives.  A series of choreographed fountains, effectively completing the work of acclaimed artist Alan LeQuire, were revealed at the news conference.  The highlights were captured by the videography team of Andrew Rozario, Steven Knapp, Knapptime Creative, Mike Stryker, Casting Life Films.

Considered to be the largest bronze figure group in the United States, plans were outlined by foundation chairman Desmond Child, Grammy-winning producer and Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee, who revealed the animated rendering. The fountains have been designed by world-renowned WET, a Southern California-based, award-winning design and engineering firm responsible for the world’s most iconic water and fire environments, including the Sochi Winter Olympic Games’ Olympic Cauldron and the fountain at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Desmond Child, Fountains of Musica Foundation Chairman, Danielle Shields

Fountains of Musica news conference pictured left to right, Eddie Robba, Mayor Megan Barry, Bill Sullivan, Desmond Child, Teresa Powell-Caldwell, Andrée LeQuire and Alan LeQuire (Photo by Danielle Shields)

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Fountains of Musica, rendering by WET Design, Nashville, TN

Nashville’s Music Row to Welcome New Fountains for Iconic ‘Musica’ Sculpture

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‘Musica,’ the Work of Acclaimed Artist Alan LeQuire, to be Transformed with Series of Choreographed Fountains from Preeminent Design Firm WET

Fountains Set for Completion in 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—-(February 25, 2016) Nashville’s iconic Music Row sculpture, “Musica,” will be undergoing a major transformative addition with a series of choreographed fountains, effectively completing the work of acclaimed artist Alan LeQuire, announced today in a news conference by the nonprofit behind the project, The Fountains of Musica Foundation, in partnership with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Music Row representatives.

Considered to be the largest bronze figure group in the United States, plans were outlined by foundation chairman Desmond Child, Grammy-winning producer and Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee, who revealed the animated rendering. The fountains have been designed by world-renowned WET, a Southern California-based, award-winning design and engineering firm responsible for the world’s most iconic water and fire environments, including the Sochi Winter Olympic Games’ Olympic Cauldron and the fountain at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

“When the sculpture was unveiled in 2003, funding was not available for the fountains which are essential to the spirit of the project and for the transformation of ‘Musica’ into the landmark this city deserves,” Child said. “As with Rome’s Trevi Fountain and the fountains in Dubai, bringing water to ‘Musica’ will enhance our tourist industry status while completing an important artistic element of Nashville.” Read More

Alan LeQuire on why public art benefits communities

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Nashville artist Alan LeQuire discusses his career as an artist at the Maury County Public Library, and the importance of public art and nurturing artists in the community. LeQuire also spoke to students and teachers at Central High School during his visit on Thursday. (Staff photo by Mike Christen)

When Nashville artist Alan LeQuire creates his public works of art, they represent what the Nashville community values most and are examples of creative minds coming together for a common purpose.

A portion of LeQuire’s “Dream Forest” traveling exhibit has been a fixture at the Maury County Public Library since March and will remain until the end of December. LeQuire discussed his inspirations, his triumphs as an artist and the difficulties he sometimes must endure to see his vision succeed in the public forum during his visit to Columbia last week.

In his opinion, art is something that should be constantly nurtured within a person or community, rather than a spectator sport for the uneducated masses.

“I’ve always had this attitude that art is something you grow. You nurture it in people, nurture people to pursue their interests and to better their skills. It’s not something you bring from the outside and subject your people to,” he said.
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