Giant scallop shell fountain in stainless steel


FOUNTAIN SHELL - On this page you will see how our artist takes a concept from study to a completed artwork, in this case in stainless steel. The Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 30 July 2018. All rights reserved.





BASE COLLAR - The font is inspired by ocean classics, combining the size of a giant clam with the elegance of a scallop shell. The objective of the shell is to collect fountain water and direct it back to the holding tank inside the brick pillar.



The Fountain of Youth is designed to have a font that collects water from the Ocean Angel as jets from a pump system within the brick base wash over our lady protector and gravity takes over to recycle the water from a local well after it has breathed the air.


As you can see from this sequence of photographs, the Ocean Angel is secured to mother earth with substantial steel sections going deep into a concrete anchor. A brick pillar is constructed around the steel frame, bonded to the brick with cement into the corners. A concrete drive was laid ahead of the concrete base further adding to the anchoring effect.


The font is styled like a giant scallop, taking inspiration from the size of the giant clams that are highly prized and overfished. It looks like something from the Disney film The Little Mermaid.



Giant clam scallops in polythene plastic


STUDY - Before making the steel sculpture a wooden frame was made to try out and gauge the angles before transferring the design into stainless steel, that is a lot more unforgiving if you make a mistake. The object of this design is to give the impression of the ocean using modern materials in a minimalist structure. Where this picture shows polythene as the scallops in the clam, those sections must hold sufficient water to be a font and funnel it back to the integral tank to feed the jet display.



Jean Baptiste Pigalle sculpture clam


SCULPTURE - This famous sculpture (one of a pair) by Jean Baptiste Pigalle features a giant clam.


Giant clams are the genus Tridacna of clams that are the largest living bivalve mollusks. There are actually several species of "giant clams" in the genus Tridacna, which are often misidentified for Tridacna gigas, the most common species referred to as “the giant clam”.

Tridacna gigas is one of the most endangered clam species. Antonio Pigafetta documented these in his journal as early as 1521. One of a number of large clam species native to the shallow coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian oceans, they can weigh more than 200 kilograms (440 lb), measure as much as 120 cm (47 in) across and have an average lifespan in the wild of over 100 years. They are also found off the shores of the Philippines and in the South China Sea in the coral reefs of Sabah (Malaysian Borneo).

The giant clam lives in flat coral sand or broken coral and can be found at depths of as much as 20 m (66 ft). Its range covers the Indo-Pacific, but populations are diminishing quickly, and the giant clam has become extinct in many areas where it was once common. The maxima clam has the largest geographical distribution among giant clam species; it can be found off high- or low-elevation islands, in lagoons or fringing reefs. Its rapid growth rate is likely due to its ability to cultivate algae in its body tissue.




STAINLESS STEEL - The mounting for a the font and statue of approximately 3 meters (10 feet) in height requires a solid frame. Especially so where the frame will house a water tank containing a pump. This also means providing water and electricity supplies. In truly sustainable fashion, the electricity is provided by the Sun via solar panels and the water comes from a well on site. This frame was set close on one meter deep in concrete.





BRICKLAYING - Once the concrete had set the bricklayer got to work. As the walls got higher strong sharp sand mix was used to bond the brickwork to the stainless steel frame. Eventually, the inside will be filled with concrete completely, save for a corrosion resistant steel drum that will contain a water pump and flow control apparatus.




ORNAMENTAL BRICKWORK - This picture shows the brick pillar completed, with the recycled bricks for the wall leading from the pillar stacked to one side ready to be rebuilt. Please note that the photographs of the fountain and statue build are Copyright © Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.




THE FRAME - Elegant stainless steel tubing supports the arms of the giant shell that will make the font.



Please note that the fountain shell is an original artwork fashioned from stainless steel bar and tubing. The design is copyright and may not be reproduced in any scale without express permission from the artist.




WELDING - Our artist used an inverter welding machine from R-Tech to join the stainless tubing using 316 welding wire, a set of spirit levels (one adjustable) and a good eye. It is very important that the shell is symmetrical and level with the ground and buildings.


The Fountain of Youth


FRAME - That is the basic frame made. We now have to insert the shell folds in architectural grade polycarbonate. The Copyright © photographs Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd 30 July 2018. All rights reserved.





In the 16th century the story of the Fountain of Youth became attached to the biography of the conquistador Juan Ponce de León. As attested by his royal charter, Ponce de León was charged with discovering the land of Beniny. Although the indigenous peoples were probably describing the land of the Maya in Yucatán, the name—and legends about Boinca's fountain of youth—became associated with the Bahamas instead. However, Ponce de León did not mention the fountain in any of his writings throughout the course of his expedition.




ROYAL CHARTER - A drawing showing Juan Ponce de León and his soldiers searching for the fountain of youth. In our view water is the life supporting source that feeds our children and so perpetuates the species.


















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