Offering someone something to drink is a traditional sign of hospitality. But what if it’s not a person doing the offering, but a place? By adding water fountains to the public space, the city itself can become a source of communal kindness and courtesy. In an age dominated by individual desires, it can bring us together around a single spot. There, we share the same essential act, bending over to drink. The repeated movement among so many different people forms a poetic visual; a universal response to this pure gesture of welcome.
Could water fountains be the beginning of a larger hospitality movement in the city?
Master Degree project
DAE. Eindhoven (NL)
Image: Femke Rijerman