Much like statue, water fountains are also used to commemorate an individuals memorable existence or notable achievement. While fountains are often constructed of some kind of statuary, obviously the difference lies in the addition of falling water. The sound of falling water brings on the feeling of peace and the sight of it reflection. Adding water to a solid form instantly changes a simple object into a tangible and living thing. Unlike a statue (no matter how elaborate the statue is in itself), water fountains trigger much sentiment and idealism.
In Song of the Spirits over the Water by Johann Wolfgang Goethe it is written, A mortals soul seems like the water, from heaven coming to heaven rising again renewed then to earth descending ever changing. Certainly, using a water fountain as a memorial goes a long way in adding continuity. It is as though what has passed or died still lives and will continue living for eternity.
Who do Fountains Represent?
While fountains as memorials have been used throughout Europe as well as the United States, it is really a world wide practice. Fountains as memorials have often been used for royalty, great heroes or...