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.

 

 

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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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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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