Finalists chosen to design drinking fountains

Nearly 40 artists competed to design the city’s new public drinking fountains, and 10 have now been chosen for the task.

The exact locations are not yet determined, but city officials hope to install new fountains on Lake Street and in the Uptown area.

Artists were commissioned to design fountains that celebrate the story of water and Minneapolis.

Peter Morales, a stone sculptor based in Minneapolis, designed his fountain to look like a splash of water coming out of the ground. He expects to use smoky blue-colored stone that was quarried in Norway.

Artist Mayumi Amada designed a fountain with a long “stem,” a flower-shaped water jet, and flower imprints in a stainless steel basin.

And Sculptor Douglas Freeman created a design based on the concept that when you drink, you bow. A three-and-a-half foot lion figure standing on a granite base bows and holds the bowl to drink from.

The final fountain sites and draft designs will be announced in July, according to Mary Altman, Minneapolis Public Arts Coordinator. The city is spending $500,000 to install the fountains throughout Minneapolis.

The selected artists are Douglas Freeman; Mayumi Amada; Marjorie Pitz; Seitu Jones; Peter Morales; Andrew MacGuffie; Lisa Elias; Gita Ghei, Sara Hanson and Jan Louise Kusske.