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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1376743
English Heritage Legacy ID: 469116
Location: Lambeth, London, SW2
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
TQ 2174 SE BRIXTON HILL, SW2
963/22/10035 'Fountain' sculpture in
pool at Lambeth College
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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