Saturday, February 15, 2014

art: Latham Memorial Fountain Unveiled

There's a public art installation that you may not have noticed, even if you were walking past. It's not a sculpture, and there's not lots of bright colors or unusual shapes to catch your eye. The Latham Memorial Fountain Unveiled is near the Latham Fountain between Broadway and Telegraph, on some windows on the Rotunda Building.

The work was created by artist Kari Marboe, and the name references one of her primary sources for the text-based installation. The April 12, 1913 headline in the Oakland Tribune for the unveiling was Latham Memorial Fountain Unveiled, and Marboe uses parts of that text in the design of the art. The article itself is quite long by today's standards, and full of rich language.

The fountain was erected in 1913 as a memorial for James H. Latham and Henrietta Marshall Latham by their children and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Read more about the art exhibit on the Block Gallery website.

And next time you're downtown, slow down and check out the art.

More pictures of the installation. the fountain, and the Latham grave in Mountain View Cemetery::

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