Liverpool Bucket Fountain | Last water sculpture of its type in the world

Richard Huws’ iconic kinetic water sculpture in the Goree Piazza, off Drury Street in Liverpool. Known locally as the Bucket Fountain, it was commissioned by the Merseyside Civic Society and unveiled in 1967. Fabricated locally by welders at Cammell Laird, the stainless steel and bronze artwork is the only remaining example in the world of the eight similar works commissioned globally (other locations included London, Tokyo and New York). We featured this piece in our highly acclaimed Public Sculpture of Britain series which was developed jointly with LUP using research from the PMSA's National Recording Project, which aims to provide a survey of all public sculpture nationwide from the classic to the contemporary.

In 1962 the Merseyside Civic Society commissioned the Welsh designer, Richard Huws (1902-1980), then a lecturer at the Liverpool School of Architecture (LSA), to design a kinetic fountain for central Liverpool. Dr Richard Moore, helped by university friends, all of whom were students of Richard Huws at the LSA at the time he was designing his Liverpool fountain, has recently traced the history of the fountain – known locally as the ‘bucket fountain’ - exploring its origins, its final opening in the then Goree Piazza, Drury Lane in May 1967, its subsequent demise, its restoration between 1997 and 2000 and its present condition in the re-named Beetham Plaza. For more information, download Merseyside Civic Society’s report by Dr Richard Moore: CLICK HERE

Well worth a visit if you’re in Liverpool!

Image copyright Tanya Brittain for PMSA

Image copyright Tanya Brittain for PMSA