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Jean Tinguely


Fontaine CNAC No. 3

Fontaine
1968

Material / technique: Iron wheels with rubber tyres, support, auto parts, scrap iron, hoses, rubber belts and tubes, electric motor
Size: 200 x 170 x 80 cm
Inv.Number: 11221
Catalogue raisonné: Bischofberger 0444
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel, Donation Niki de Saint Phalle

From 1960 Jean Tinguely devoted more and more attention to the idea of fountain sculptures or “Water-Spraying Sculpture” as he called it. These are usually portable sculptures that are not designed for permanent installation, but are more like lawn sprinklers that can be moved across the grass to water it in sections and then in the evening, their work completed, be stowed away again.
Extending sculpture by adding the element of water lends it a further dimension – similar to sound and movement – which transcends the bounds of the pure material.