Replica of an institutional, steel, drinking fountain that one finds in offices and schools. Normally located up against a wall, Asher includes a lip on one edge of the basin even though his drinking fountain is free standing. Asher's work pulls in the already existing elements of the site, bringing symmetry to a previously asymmetric layout.
Although Asher was a seminal figure in Los Angeles and has been widely recognized in Europe, his untitled project for the Stuart Collection is his only permanent public outdoor work in the United States. This functional, polished, granite drinking fountain is an exact replica of commercial metal fountains typically found in business offices and government buildings. Instead of its usual context as interior office furniture, the fountain is placed monument like on a grass island in the center of Myers Drive next to the university administration offices and the Price Center. The siting of his work is fundamental to its meaning; it is juxtaposed with a large American flag and a granite landmark commemorating Camp Matthews, a World War II training center and artillery and rifle range which occupied the land on which UCSD now stands.
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Matthews Quad, University of California, San Diego; La Jolla, California, United States
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granite (rock); water
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Point: 32.878985, -117.236252
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Architecture and City Planning
Decorative Arts, Utilitarian Objects and Interior Design
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Performing Arts (including Performance Art)
Science, Technology and Industry
Sculpture and Installations
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- Cohen, Becky (American photographer, contemporary)
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