For my final project, I will be making a table top fountain with a Chinese garden aesthetic. My inspiration comes from a table top fountain that my coworker has on their desk. It’s softly lit, sounds like a trickling stream, and the motor is nearly silent. The fountain I used to own was very loud and defeated the purpose of having a “zen” fountain.
Options for vegetation include bamboo and the bonsai tree. Other Chinese plants that only require their roots to be submerged in water are also options. Bamboo is significant to the Japanese culture, so I will investigate how this influenced China. I will be heavily referring to the book The Chinese Garden: history, art and architecture to guide my knowledge of the garden aesthetic. I will also be researching current landscapes inspired by this aesthetic as well.
The picture above shows example architecture from a Chinese garden. Many gardens have structures with the same curvy wood panels that come to a point. I will consider building a small replica myself from wood scraps or small metal planks. The image below is some practice drawing plants found in these gardens.
- I want it to be mostly handmade
- If the development of my fountain’s functionality doesn’t work, I will buy a plain fountain and focus my time on developing the aesthetic
- It should be quiet
- If there are plants, consider location of fountain and light access needed
- It should represent a Chinese garden to the best of my ability
- Use plants native to China
- Complexity should match that of an actual garden
- It should be mobile
- Don’t spend more than $100
- Consider influences from Japanese and Korean gardens
- Consider bonding materials
- Use waterproof materials
- Challenge: technical skills need work