Saturday 2 August 2008

AirCoreVortex Fountain Sculpture illudes a mass of water transcending materiality

This fountain sculpture is known as ‘Charybdis’ and is located in Seaham Hall, Sunderland (UK) is designed by William Pye, the Charybdis fountain is his largest vortex water sculpture to date, .

The sirens Charybdis and Scylla resided in the Sicilian Sea. Homer tells us that because Charybdis had stolen the oxen of Hercules, Zeus struck her with a thunderbolt and changed her into a whirlpool whose vortex swallowed up ships. In Charybdis the circular movement of water inside a transparent acrylic cylinder forms an air-core vortex in the centre. Steps wrap around the cylinder and allow spectators to view the vortex from above. The cylinder was manufactured in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Not surprisingly the fountain also relies on a heavy-duty water filtration system which is necessary to keep the vortex clean and spinning properly

Watch the writhing motion of water swirling about in an air core vortex in this sumptious phenomenal fountain sculpture as a downloadable and/or viewable video.

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