Every Fountain Tells a Story: Histories of Civic Water in Australia

  title={Every Fountain Tells a Story: Histories of Civic Water in Australia},
  author={A. Gaynor and D. J. Martin},
  journal={Australian Historical Studies},
  pages={189 - 210}
Fountains and water features have had a prominent and enduring presence in Australian cities yet have received little critical historical attention. This article develops the novel concept of civic water, treating it as a practice that uses the sensory qualities of water to attract viewer-‘readers’ and convey a range of messages. The active ornamentality inherent in moving water lends it a particular power to inscribe meaning in public spaces. In an intertextual way, referring to a longer… Expand


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