La ville et l'eau

With the development of modern supply systems, the social function of water has slowly disappeared. Public fountains and wash houses were places of encounter and exchange that played a fundamental role in the life of a city or a village. Water was present in the street, it created a rhythm to the day, it marked out the routes of the people.

Nowadays, water is far more accessible but it mostly travels along concealed pathways, it flows behind the walls, it glides under our feet and only makes rare appearances in public. If the walls and the ground were transparent, if they revealed only the pipes of the water system, we would stand before a vertiginously complex system, one that vibrates with water rushing in every direction.

This water that is so omnipresent, so indispensable, seems to appear in public spaces only in the form of fountains that are too often conceived as objects merely to be contemplated from afar. Fountains can take back their unique place in city by being designed for the residents, to incite passers-by to react. In this way, they can embrace their symbolic value and rediscover their dynamic within the context of modern society.

These fountains must break people free from their daily routines, they must compel passers-by to stop and interact with the play of the water, to let themselves be absorbed by the sensuality of the water. But these are also meticulously formed sculptures that are intended to inspire a different perspective on others, to see them in a context that reveals each individual’s unique relationship with the world.

Pierre LUU