14 Pieces

14 Pieces is a collaboration between two artists, husband and wife Hossein and Angela Valamanesh. It was commissioned by the Adelaide City Council and stands where the former fountain honouring Sir John Lavington Bonython once was.

The work’s organic and textural forms are based on the opalised fossilised vertebrae of the Ichthyosaur in the South Australian Museum. The Ichthyosaur was a marine reptile, similar to a dolphin, that lived more than 100 million years ago. It possibly lived in the Eromanga Sea once in central Australia.

In front of the North Wing of the South Australian Museum, the fountain represents “notions of excavation, reconstruction and conservation”. The constantly recycled water signifies the passing of time. It is common to see children, and the occasional duck, using the fountain for fun or some much-needed relief in the summer.

Hossein Valamanesh was born in Iran in 1949 and migrated to Australia in 1973. In 1977 he graduated from the South Australian School of Art. Since then he has had national and international commissions and exhibitions. He created this work with his wife, South Australian-born Angela Valamanesh. Her art often expresses the ties between plants, animals and humans.


14 Pieces Sculptural Water Feature

14 Pieces Sculptural Water Feature

14 Pieces was designed to replace the earlier fountain presented by Sir John Lavington Bonython's family in 1965. It is also dedicated to the memory of Sir John. 14 Pieces was installed in 2005. View File Details Page

Sir John Lavington Bonython Fountain, South Australian Museum

Sir John Lavington Bonython Fountain, South Australian Museum

This image shows the former fountain in front of the museum. It was dedicated to the memory of Sir John Lavington Bonython. The fountain was presented to the City of Adelaide by Sir John's family on 20 November 1965. | Source: Image courtesy of Adelaide City Council, ID: C2834/100 View File Details Page

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Catlin Langford and The Adelaide City Explorer Team, “14 Pieces,” Adelaide City Explorer, accessed July 27, 2017, http://adelaidecityexplorer.com.au/items/show/101.
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