Subsoil analysis for Sculpture Projects crowd puller “Sketch for a Fountain”

In 2017, the Eisenman Fountain “Sketch for a Fountain” was the crowd puller at the Skulptur Projekte, an exhibition known far beyond Münster. Now it is returning to its location in Kreuzschanze in Münster – and is thus an important sign for peace and tolerance. This was made possible by the group “Dein Brunnen für Münster” (“Your fountain for Münster”) by intensively soliciting donations. WESSLING was also happy to participate in this and supported the group with technical services in the form of soil analysis and the preparation of a subsoil expertise.

Skulptur Projekte 2017: Eisenman fountain, Photo: ©Henning Rogge
Skulptur Projekte 2017: Eisenman fountain, Photo: LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster/Skulptur Projekte Archiv/Henning Rogge

These were necessary, in advance, for the construction of the fountain foundation and a water purification system, which will be sunk into the ground. This is because, unlike the temporary installation of the artwork during the 2017 Skulptur Projekte, it will now receive a more stable foundation for its permanent residence. The analysis was conducted to determine whether the ground was stable enough for the fountain or whether measures to increase its stability were necessary in advance. In the meantime, the construction work has started, and the fountain is expected to be inaugurated in October.

“When the group approached us, we were very happy to contribute our expertise to this beautiful crowd project,” says Diana Weßling, shareholder and representative of the family-owned company WESSLING. “Because the message of the sculpture, peace and tolerance, are values that we also uphold at WESSLING and have firmly anchored in our corporate culture.” The fountain created by the renowned contemporary American artist Nicole Eisenman was a popular meeting and exchange point during the Skulptur Projekte. Unfortunately, however, it was vandalised. The new installation, therefore, does not quite match the original sculpture, as the original plaster figures were replaced by figures made of aluminium.

About the group

For all those who would like to learn more about the group “Dein Brunnen für Münster”, we recommend visiting their website here.