Kara Walker's Fons Americanus
Kara Walker's Fons Americanus is a 13-metre tall working fountain inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, London. Created by artist for the 2019 Hyundai Commission in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall.
Kara Walker takes over Tate Modern's Turbine Hall
Fons Americanus is a 13-metre tall working fountain inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, London. Rather than a celebration of the British Empire, Walker’s fountain explores the interconnected histories of Africa, America and Europe. She uses water as a key theme, referring to the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, fates and tragedies of people from these three continents. Fantasy, fact and fiction meet at an epic scale.
Kara Walker's 'Fons Americanus' 2019 💧💧💧
Fantasy, fact and fiction meet at an epic scale in Kara Walker's ambitious Hyundai Commission: 'Fons Americanus' in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. Inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of London's Buckingham Palace, the 13-metre high fountain questions how we remember history in our public monuments and at the same time, presents a narrative on the origins of the African diaspora.
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