The GuardsĀ“ Fountain

Augsburg, Germany, 2004
Art in public space and photographs

Empfangshalle installed a new, fourth fountain in the series of famous Renaissance fountains in the Maximiliansstrasse in front of the Gallery. The Gallery’s four guards joined back to back to create this temporary fountain. Each took a swallow out of a bottle of mineral water and spit the water in a high arch out again, while displaying his own allegory. With their corresponding personal allegories in their hands, one guard stood for Loyalty (a dog), another for Knowledge (a cross-word puzzle), another stood for Handiwork and Crafts (brush, artist’s stencil), another for the Arts (a bronze sculpture). This fountain was documented in photos and displayed in the exhibition.