This fountain toward the north end of the Capitol Mall park, north of the Capitol also appears to be a good place for cooling off, though it looks like it could do some real damage to a human body.*
According to the Oregon State University library website, a national competition, made possible by a bequest from former Oregon Governor Charles Sprague (1939-43), was won by Weltzin Blix. His sculpture is 85' long by 20' high of welded bronze weighing 15,000 lbs. It was completed in 1980. Mr. Blix was a teacher of sculpture, ceramics and drawing at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon until his retirement in 2002.
*Edit: I was not aware of it at the time, but actually, this is a prohibited activity.
Oregon Administrative Rule 125-075-0005 Use of the Capitol Mall Area Parks and Grounds states:
- ..."(c) For the purposes of City Code 94.110, no bathing, wading or swimming shall be allowed in fountains, water displays or systems, with the exception of the Wall of Water Fountain on the Capitol Mall Plaza, in front of the Capitol Building, where wading is allowed; "...