The Thames river runs right through the city, splitting into two forks near the city center, and many parks are bordered by the river. I was rather excited last fall to see a large sign proclaiming the imminent construction of the "Blackburn Memorial Fountain" . (And also by the fact that the digging turned up quite a lot of broken glass and china!).
I've been checking it out every now and then to see how it was coming along, and it is now completed and scheduled for a grand launch on Victoria Day in May.
Yesterday I went down to check it out.
Very Cold War era Soviet-esque. Just the thing you want pointing at the playground. ("Yup, swing 'er down a bit Fred, we can blast those kiddies right off the swingsets!")
I actually would like it better if the "missiles" did pivot, but alas they are firmly welded in place. I checked.
From the the artists renderings I've seen online it actually will be very pretty when it's actively functioning as a fountain, but... right now? Never have I seen a better example of how public art can be deliberately designed to be the exact opposite of, and utterly inharmonious with it's environment. It's one of the ugliest things I've ever seen. I feel the urge to dig a bomb shelter. But I'll probably just eat a cookie instead.