Goodale Park Fountain Designed by Artist in Residence Gets National Nod

August 5th, 2014 by Amanda Pierce
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The Goodale Park Fountain, designed by MFA visiting artist in residence Malcolm Cochran, was recently recognized by Americans for the Arts as an outstanding public art project.

Commissioned by the Friends of Goodale Park, the fountain was designed from research on the history of the park and the Sells Circus House adjacent to the park on the corner of Buttles and Dennison avenues. Peter Sells, one of four brothers who formed the Sells Brothers Circus in 1871, built the house in 1895.

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The pair of elephants at the top of the fountain is a tribute to the internationally renowned circus, known for its troupe of elephants.

The fountain is designed for year-round operation — a feature that set it apart from all other fountains that were considered for the award, the jurors said. Cold winter months cause dramatic ice formations to spout from the elephants’ trunks.

Cochran has created large-scale objects, installations, and public art since the late 1970s. He is also known for Field of Corn, a 1994 public art installation in a former farm field in Dublin, OH.

The fountain is one of 37 public art projects created in 2013 that were recognized by the national nonprofit organization. Another Columbus art project, The Time and The Temperature, was also recognized. The temporary public art produced in conjunction with the celebration of the city’s bicentennial was on view from January to June 2013 adjacent to Trinity Episcopal Church at Broad and Third streets.

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