Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water,

Yet nothing can better overcome the hard and strong,

For they can neither control nor do away with it.

The soft overcomes the hard,

The yielding overcomes the strong;

Every person knows this,

But no one can practice it.

 TaoDeChing - Lao Tze


A combination of cement and ceramic, this fountain is unique in the way it is designed :

  • 1. Each of the cement modular shapes were cast in plastic delicatessen take-out containers and ordinary plastic bowls. The exception were the squares cast in the bottom of strong corrugated cardboard boxes - all of the shapes have holes in the center to slip over the hollow galvanized pipe in the central core.
  • 2. This metal galvanized water pipe was cast into the bottom cement square. A plastic water tube connected to the circulating pump submerged in the water reservoir is threaded through the pipe ending in the cupped ceramic hands at the top.
  • 3. A heavy duty fiberglass commercial tub holds the water and the circulating pump; it is placed into the earth below ground level,. A metal grid covers the tub with 1” particle stone on top of that. The water is circulated from the below ground level to the top and then cascades back into the water source. A float valve replenishes the water as the capacity drops. Water and electricity is in a conduit under ground.

A fountain, unlike most garden ornaments or pieces of garden furniture, stimulates two senses at once: sight and sound. The pleasing sound of flowing water provides a calming atmosphere. The relaxing syncopation of gurgling water, like music, has the power to heal, to quiet and balance the spirit. But a fountain does more than just please the eye and the ear; it will also attract birds, who in turn, will enhance your garden’s mood with their song and their eating of hundreds of insects.