Artist: Kent Ullberg
Title: "Sailfish in Three Stages of Ascending"
Medium: Sculpture -Metal
Sizes: 30' x 6' x 12'; 6' x 20' x 5''; 5' x 10' x 2'
Year Installed: 1990
Venue: Broward County Convention Center
On the eastern plaza of the Convention Center, a black granite water fountain incorporates bronze sculptural elements representing the marine life of the nearby Atlantic Ocean. With leaping sailfish of 30' in height, chasing baits such as ballyhoos and mullets, the fountain design fulfills its role as a fountain as well as a free-standing sculptural installation. Water jet and lighting are coordinated and controlled by a computerized performance program.
"Dedicated to the Florida marine environment, this fountain represents a section through an ocean wave. On the water surface, the Sailfish is shown in a conceptual stop-action jump in three stages. Starting with the fish's dorsal fin, or "sail", the simulated action culminates with the regal, world famous fish leaping clear. On all sides of the fountain, other members of the underwater community emerge from the waves. On the east side, a school of Ballyhoo and Mullet."
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