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 in December 1969, and was recently restored and reinstated in July 2012.


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.


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 ….