Murray Plaza continues to be a challenge to our city to find the right balance of furniture, fountain, and arrangements. The one bright spot of the latest proposal was a disappearing fountain that could allow summer’s frolicking children, or provide calming events around the water feature.
With incredulous disbelief, we all recently read that we the state of California has a strange interpretation what constitutes a fountain. It appears that somebody has classified this kind of water feature as a swimming pool, with public access and changing room requirements. However, we know these fountains have been built in other locations without these limitations. When does a fountain become a swimming pool?
Regardless of its use, the water feature should not be eliminated. Rather, it should be treated as a work of art that has both day and night-time reflections. Such a work of art could be built into transparent tubing with both lights and water flow. We have created an example of how such a work of art could function. It’s only a concept, but worthy of starting a dialogue.
You have free articles remaining.
Chris d. Craiker
Craiker Associates, Architects and Planners, Inc
Editor's note: additional renderings are available with the online version of this letter.