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The Fountains of Musica’s Central Fountain By WET
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.