[Summit] Renewing the Fountain…

John Buron johnburon at gmail.com
Mon May 22 08:31:28 CDT 2017


Bravo James Kelly, that *should *end this sad email thread.

On May 22, 2017 9:12 AM, "James Kelley" <jameskelley4444 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Isn't that when parents or other adults teach children the reason for the
> signs, the difference between harsh and gentle usage, possible
> consequences, respect for public and other people's things and the beauty,
> joy and history of fountains like ours?
>
> Best, Jim Kelley
>
> On May 22, 2017 9:01 AM, "Robert Mathiesen" <rmath13 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> No indeed, Emlyn!  That urge is eternal ...  As is the urge to push
>> limits and break laws when the child doesn't understand the reasons for
>> those limits and laws.  That's an advantageous bit of neural soft-ware for
>> the survival of our species as a whole, if not for the survival of our own
>> individual children.  Those signs on the fountain just call out loudly to
>> most children to do precisely what they forbid.
>>
>> Bob M
>>
>> On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 8:03 AM, Emlyn Addison <noisyblocks at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I'm sure you didn't mean that children playing in the water on hot days
>>> is a "passing fancy of our age".
>>>
>>> On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 9:32 PM, Robert Mathiesen <rmath13 at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Where beauty is concerned, tastes differ, and there's no arguing that
>>>> someone's taste in beauty is right or wrong.  For me, that fountain is one
>>>> of the most beautiful things in our neighborhood, an austere, stately,
>>>> timeless work of art and water that neither condescends nor panders to the
>>>> passing fancies of our age.  I would be very sad to see it removed, and
>>>> even more sad to see something take its place that I found less tasteful
>>>>
>>>> But, as I said, tastes differ.  By all means add a water feature for
>>>> our children to play in.  They need such a thing on hot days, and the Billy
>>>> Taylor Park may seem too distant for some parents on this list.  Just let
>>>> the fountain stand for those of us who cherish such beauty.
>>>>
>>>> Bob M
>>>>
>>>> On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 8:57 PM, Paul G Smith <paul.slvrwngs at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> So I finally walked down to the park and really looked at the fountain
>>>>> everyone is talking about. I'm afraid I don't see what is wrong with it as
>>>>> it is, except for the chemicals (there must be kid friendly options) and
>>>>> the warning signs, both of which I frankly think have no business being
>>>>> there. I actually think it is quite an acceptable design, functions quite
>>>>> well, and I don't see the necessity of spending money on fixing it. It
>>>>> certainly isn't falling down or badly deteriorating. Just put in water that
>>>>> won't damage either the kids or the structure, and leave it be.
>>>>>
>>>>> There is a saying where I come from: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
>>>>> Just my two cents.
>>>>>
>>>>> Paul G Smith
>>>>>
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: Summit [mailto:summit-bounces at sna.providence.ri.us] On Behalf
>>>>> Of Mark Binder
>>>>> Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2017 6:02 PM
>>>>> To: summit at sna.providence.ri.us
>>>>> Subject: Re: [Summit] Renewing the Fountain…
>>>>>
>>>>> Since the conversation for renewal begins…
>>>>>
>>>>> I second the motion for a family-friendly/playful fountain.
>>>>>
>>>>> There’s no need to preserve or invest in a fountain that is full of
>>>>> rules and low on beauty and limp on water…
>>>>>
>>>>> Perhaps a RISD architecture class project for inspiring ideas on what
>>>>> to do…
>>>>>
>>>>>
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