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Fountain Sculpture in Pool at Lambeth College

A Grade II Listed Building in Lambeth, London

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Latitude: 51.4565 / 51°27'23"N

Longitude: -0.1194 / 0°7'9"W

OS Eastings: 530759

OS Northings: 174736

OS Grid: TQ307747

Mapcode National: GBR FW.YCF

Mapcode Global: VHGR5.WN89

Entry Name: Fountain Sculpture in Pool at Lambeth College

Listing Date: 15 April 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1376743

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469116

Location: Lambeth, London, SW2

County: London

District: Lambeth

Electoral Ward/Division: Brixton Hill

Built-Up Area: Lambeth

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Brixton St Paul with St Saviour

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text

TQ 2174 SE BRIXTON HILL, SW2
(west side)
963/22/10035 'Fountain' sculpture in
pool at Lambeth College

II

Kinetic fountain sculpture. 1960-1 by Kenneth Martin, commissioned by the London County Council. Stainless steel, five feet high above water level, over three feet in radius. Spiral of seven platforms tapering in size upwards, and a parallel spiral form of seven pipes which channel the water. The spiral construction of the fountain and the way that the water activates it is developed from careful mathematical principles of screw propulsion, with which Martin had experimented since 1951. It is devised from Russian constructivism, the writings of Charles Biederman and the work of Vantongerloo, and engages with the movement of light as well as water. The spiral activity of the work complements the rectilinear buildings around it. Martin designed only one other public steel fountain, in Gorinchem, Holland. Included as a rare and particularly fine example of kinetic sculpture.

Listing NGR: TQ3075974736

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