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Fountains Gallery by Sculptor Barry Woods Johnston

Subjects are generally upbeat and derived from mythology, religion, literature, psychology and the contemporary dilemma.  Both imaginative and realistic, they reflect a striving to transcend materialism, grasping the heart of what makes life worthwhile.

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"Fertility Fountain", 1984  Bronze, 47" high, Edition 8
Fertility Fountain (also named Fountain of Life ) is a symbolic motif of a Phallus and womb joined in intercourse with three men and three women celebrating the birthing process.  Water flows from multi-levels.

 

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"Three Graces and Music", 2004 To be life-size Bronze 

Capturing the abandoned frenzy and merriment of a folk dance. The Three Graces swirl around in circles, creating a tornado of musical notes.

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"Three Graces with Flowers", 1998 28" x 36" x 9" Bronze 

Capturing the abandoned frenzy and merriment of a folk dance. The Three Graces swirl around in circles, creating a colorful tornado of flowers.

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"First Kiss as a Fountain", 2001 26" high Bronze 
Romeo and Juliet, fresh, full of innocence and hope, reach towards one another for a light kiss. This work was designed to be the centerpiece of a series called Shakespeares Court , which includes King Lear, Hamlet, Puck, and one more (yet to be created) comedy figure.   The circular motion lends itself to a circular fountain.
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"Bather", 1988 47" Bronze 
A fountain spraying water out of the hair of a sun goddess, who flings her hair out of the ocean with sensual vigor as she raises her face to the heavens.

 

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"Dolphin Boys", 1995 17" x 16" x 7.5" Bronze 
Playfully living out their fantasy, these boys ride the magnificent energy of dolphins under the loving care of their mother.

 

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"Ballerina", 1988 Life size Bronze 
Fully extended in a forward lunge, this ballerina was inspired by an instantaneous moment seen several years earlier performed in the Broadway production, "Dance". The gesture, strong from every view, won "Best in the Show" in the 1990 National Arts Club Annual.
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"Temperance", 1992 Life-size Bronze Edition 8
This very realistic figure makes an ideal fountain piece with water spurting up into the womanís hands from below. The work marks a turning point in the sculptors career from subjects with the extended outward movement to the more internal tranquility as represented by this figure. She is putting her libido under control.
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"Dawn", 1974 18"x 32" Bronze 
Expressing the sheer joy of youth, the child looks up at the viewer. The sculpture is envisioned as a fountain with a spout of water arching upward and into the childís face.

 

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"Faith, Hope, and Love", 2002 6' Bronze 
The "Faith, Hope, and Love" concept is as lofty as any to which one can aspire. Based on the apostle Paulís 1st letter to the Corinthians, in the light of these great aspiration, we are reminded that we "see through a glass darkly." We bring to our world our own petty issues, which to those who aspire, are mirrored against the very lofty aspirations of faith, hope, and love.
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"DNA Maypole", 1995 39" x 12" x 12" Bronze 
Suggesting a parallel between the double helix of a DNA and the spiraling Maypole as a fertility symbol. The descending couple joins hands and reaches down into the upward spiraling genetic pool of children.

 

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