The fountain sculpture, started In 2005, Is nearing completion. Six figures, some touching 20ft In height each to the horizon. Created by a heavy metal armature clad with sheet steel; Ruscoe out every piece by hand.
Ina broad narrative context the sculpture draws on moral issues that reverberate across time – social, political, cultural – the transference of power – the battle between good and evil. Yet the collective figures also reveal an outburst of contemporary problems. It confronts some of the choices and challenges individuals and societies face today.
The figures are deliberately stripped of cultural divisions. A universal language erupts through expression and gesture. For example, the mother holding her baby above the water asks:Who sinks, who swims?