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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.

 

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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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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

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