Dolphin Fountain

After making sculptures out of tube for several years, it occurred to me that I could pump water, etc. through the them. These images show the progression from a sculpture in Copper wire, to successively more complex prototypes in Copper and stainless steel tube, and finally some renderings of what half-size and full-size fountains might look like.

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© 2016 Chris Taylor

dolphinFountain-musculature

Here is a somewhat stylized diagram of the surface-layer of a dolphin's muscles. I used this as the basis for my composition. Reference material on dolphin musculature was not to be found on the web, so a hydrographer customer put me in touch with one of the world's preeminent dolphin anatomists, who shared literature, and consulted with me.