Fountain for Change.
“Fountain for Change” will be a brick coin fountain placed in between UW1 and UW2 where the old “W” used to be. The reason for the title is for change to be donated as well as the hope that this fountain will bring change to the homeless population. This will be placed in that area due to how high traffic the area is. This is an area many walk past every day while going to class. The Fountain will be a place to hang out and sit outside. Beyond the aesthetical and practical use of the fountain, there is more to it. This money donated in the fountain will be collected daily and then given to an organization like Tent City. On the outside bricks will be words relating to homelessness. These words will be causes, emotions and effects related to homelessness. The hope is to inspire, provoke thought, and raise awareness of homelessness through these words.
The Fountain will be made of brick. The reason for choosing brick is to keep the look of the campus consistent. Around the outside of the brick will be a concrete bench attached to the brick. The Fountain will be 8 Feet across and 4 Feet tall. Behind the Fountain will be a concrete sign that is 6 Feet tall and 2.5 Feet deep.
One of my goals for this piece was to create something that makes an impact on homelessness, but is also functional and aesthetically pleasing. Just a sculpture can be ignored and often times not noticed enough to make an impact. One major feature of the coin fountain is the bench surrounding it. While sitting the goal for people to be there long enough to deeply think about the words of homelessness printed on the bricks and give them all serious thought. Short term thoughts may give people inspiration to donate change into the fountain but the big hope is that people think about it long enough to want to make a bigger impact to help homelessness.