Noguchi's Fountain

October 9, 2016

Location:  Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO


Owner:  Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


Artist:  Isamu Noguchi


Dates:  1987


Medium:  Basalt



Noguchi's Fountain consists of two basalt stones of similar size but with slight differences.  The top of one stone is concave while the other is convex.  Water flows gently out of the top of each stone and down the sides.  The flowing water creates different effects in different lighting, reflecting the daylight and the museum lights above, making the colours deepen in different lights.  The stones look almost completely different depending on the time of day.


Noguchi's Fountain is located in Noguchi Court at the south end of the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, next to where the special exhibits are displayed.









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