This ground-breaking project resulted in the creation of a fountain without a basin, a transformational idea that re-imagined fountain design. The Tanner Fountain is also recognized as the first institutional project of “Landscape as Art” movement, and it continues to prove that landscape architecture is an art, and the landscape architect an artist. The finished work is a remarkable combination of natural and man-made rocks with more than 30 spray nozzles located in the center of the stone circles. Throughout the spring, summer and fall, a fine mist is emitted that hovers like a cloud above the stones, even visually dematerializing the center stones. During the winter, the mist actually becomes steam resulting in a light foggy haze that blankets the stones in mystery.
Owner: Harvard University
Landscape Architect: Peter Walker