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    Klaus Weber: Thinking Fountains

    Illustration of Klaus Weber, Thinking Fountains, 2021. Installation view at the Hayward Gallery

    ‘I often confront the hardness of sculpture with something that has a soft concept’.

    Klaus Weber’s Thinking Fountains is an outdoor sculpture commission featuring two water-spouting bronze figures and a narrow waterfall cascading from an elevated concrete walkway. It was designed by the artist to animate the brutalist architecture of the Hayward Gallery, creating a sense of passage for both passers-by and visitors.

    With flowing water an ancient metaphor for human consciousness, the work also embodies Weber’s hopes for what an art gallery can offer: the chance to ‘widen our viewpoint, sharpen our senses and make new connections in our brains’.

    In this video the artist introduces the work and discusses how it works within the brutalist environment of Hayward Gallery.

    The artist Klaus Weber stands outside the Hayward Gallery
    Screengrab from internally produced video. For Blog Use Only

    ‘I’m a big lover of the Hayward Gallery building... the two figures here are like two figures in front of a portal for the entrance of the gallery’

    Klaus Weber
    Illustration of Klaus Weber, Thinking Fountains, 2021. Installation view at the Hayward Gallery
    Klaus Weber: Thinking Fountains

    Klaus Weber’s installation can be experienced outside Hayward Gallery until September 2022.

    Thinking Fountains is generously supported by the Hayward Gallery Commissioning Committee and HENI, with additional support from the Rothschild Foundation. Commission made possible with Art Fund support.