The Fountain

The Fountain, ©Richard Baker

The Fountain, ©Richard Baker

I often find art, near art. On a recent visit to the Maryhill Art Museum, in Washington, I found myself more interested in what was outside rather than what was inside. Bent trees, oddly shaped bark, soft mounds of hills, a rusted pipe bent in two places, and this water fountain all drew my eyes. Many different ideas appear in this fountain. I like the way this fountain stands like a tree with outstretched branches. Looking again, the symmetry of the four bowls float like flying saucers. The shadow is also appealing. Because one of the arms is missing it looks like a boxer waiting to enter the ring, a sneer on his round head, both arms ready to do damage. The round and smooth shapes of the fountain also contrast with the rough square tiles. I kept the subject in the lower third to give the tiles extra space as if they were about to overwhelm the fountain.

—Richard Baker