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.
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 on 10th December 1969, and was recently restored and reinstated in July 2012.
Water cascades from several points into a large square pool, which on a windy Sunday was doing a good job of whipping up some modest waves.
The fountain can be found around the back of the Guildhall buildings, in a cluster of rather Teutonic architecture.
Article last updated on March 12th, 2021 at 08:53 am