Just over 50 years ago, one of the City of London’s first displays of contemporary art went on public display — as a glass fountain.

Designed by the noted worker of glass, Allen David, the green column is surmounted by, a moon, an Islamic symbol, or a pac-man, depending on your perspective.

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It was commissioned by Mrs Gilbert Edgar, wife of Gilbert H. Edgar CBE, who was a City of London Sheriff between 1963-4.

It was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of London in December 1969, and was recently restored and reinstated in July 2012.

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Water cascades from several points into large square pool, which on a windy Sunday was doing a good job of whipping up some modest waves.

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The fountain can be found around the back of the Guildhall buildings, in a cluster of rather Teutonic architecture.

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One comment on “A fountain of glass
  1. GT says:

    Walked past it (again) last week – but it was switched off …

    Compare & contrast with the huge Koi Carp by the SW side of the Guildhall ….