the fountain

the fountain

Superhydrophobic Fountain

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The Superhydrophobic Fountain uses a superhydophobic coating to create seemingly impossible movements of water. Inspired by the Japanese Mathematician Kokichi Sugihara's optical illusions that interpret Escher-like two dimensional line drawings into three dimensional objects to create motions that appear impossible, the fountain creates surprise by playing with our expectations of how water is supposed to move. The superhydrophobic coating create a microstructure that mimics the naturally hydrophobic Lotus leaf. Experiments with the coating lead to the discovery of a number exciting effects: fast moving mercury-like droplets, unnaturally narrow streams, and areas of tension created by juxtaposed treated and untreated areas. These were brought together in the final form of an indoor fountain. The form of the fountain was informed by the 'Rectilinear Study' of the 3D Workshop class at Pratt Institute. The class teaches the principles of abstract 3D form and proportion devised by Rowena Reed Kostellow, which are the foundation of the Pratt Industrial Design Program. The fountain was subsequently featured at the RCA's 2016 WIP show. The fountain is made from laser cut acrylic, a superhydrophobic coating, and a 3D printed spout holder to allow adjustment of the spout position. It was created while studying at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, as part of the Global Innovation Design course at the RCA/Imperial College.