According to the artist, the aim of the work is 'to provide beauty and tranquillity for the site whilst using the university's triangle symbol to provide cheerfulness and focus'.(1) The large triangular 'tippers' are filled with water trickling from the top of the structure and then disgorge their load after passing a certain point of equilibrium. As this happens in turn for each triangle, the effect is of constant motion. This work provides a counterpoint to William Pye's Peace Sculpture at the other side of the campus, which is also a fountain sculpture.
A competition to produce a work of public sculpture for the Aston University site was instigated in 1987, and Conner's designs were accepted. British Steel donated the materials and work got under way from about 1989. However, progress was hampered due to British Steel not being able to fulfil their promise of materials, due to internal restructuring.(2) They eventually made the generous donation, but numerous safety considerations, increases in costs due to extra elements being required and difficulties in finding parts which would work properly also played their part in the delay.
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