NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The nonprofit group The Fountains of Musica Foundation announced Thursday the well-known “Musica” statue in Nashville is getting a major transformation.
The iconic Music Row sculpture will soon be surrounded by choreographed fountains, effectively completing the work of acclaimed artist Alan LeQuire.
The fountains will be comprised of a series of water-clad terraces that encircle the central sculpture and create a grade change within the site.
The outermost terrace is divided into steps facing Demonbreun Street, from which flows a frothy cascade of water that connects it both symbolically and physically with its human audience.
A spiraling formation of pulsing jets emerges from the terraces and radiates around the nine bronze dancers.
Water glides through the air toward the outer reaches of the traffic circle, as if the muses themselves are showering their artistic spirit across Music Row to the citizens and visitors of Nashville.
Considered to be the largest bronze figure group in the country, plans were outlined by foundation chairman Desmond Child, Grammy-winning producer and Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee, who revealed an animated rendering.
The fountains were designed by WET, a California-based, award-winning design and engineering firm responsible for the world’s most iconic water and fire environments, including the Sochi Winter Olympic Games’ Olympic Cauldron.
“When the sculpture was unveiled in 2003, funding was not available for the fountains, which are essential to the spirit of the project and for the transformation of ‘Musica’ into the landmark this city deserves,” Child said.
Mayor Megan Barry agreed, saying the landmark is a “critical component of Music Row.”
“It is wonderful to see the artist and business communities coming together in partnership with Metro to see the original vision for ‘Musica’ come to a reality,” said Barry. “This landmark is a critical component of the Music Row neighborhood and I’m looking forward to seeing it become an even more pronounced display for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.”
The project is expected to take about 18 months with the estimated total for the entire project of three fountains and on-going maintenance to be around $10 million.
“Generous private contributions have made the procurement of WET’s design possible. Now our new website has an easy donation process; donations big and small are essential to complete this exciting project,” said Fountains of Musica Foundation board president Andrée LeQuire.