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Fish Fountain

Back to the Frisian fountains.
Today the Fish Fountain in Stavoren.
Stavoren was once a rich Hanseatic city on the Zuiderzee. The first Frisian place to receive city rights. A town with a rich history that now only has around 1000 inhabitants.
Floods, sea trade wars, a harbour that silted: the city fell into poverty more than once. But every time she got up and brought new prosperity to shipping and fishing.
Stavoren is now a thriving centre for water tourism.

For his sculptures and installations, the American sculptor Mark Dion (1961) studies the history of a subject or location and, as an archaeologist, extracts all kinds of hidden aspects from it. He looks at his subjects full of humour but also critically, especially when it comes to the usual historiography or how we deal with animals. The rich, but largely hidden history of Stavoren appealed to him and it inspired him, along with a symbolic print by Pieter Bruegel the Elder: "How big fish eat little ones!" to the Fish Fountain
We see how the huge open mouth of a mighty fish lures us into the mouth spraying water.

The fountain: synthetic resin, PU foam, steel
3.3 m high, 6 m wide, 8.4 m long

■ Picture 1: ◄ The Teeth of the Fish ►


■ Picture 2: ◄ The Eye of the Fish ►


■ Picture 3: ◄ The Fish►


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