Support our historical garden fountain
The mosaic fountain located in the garden behind ESMT Berlin is an excellent example of modernist art, inspired by works of masters like Miró, Kandinsky and Matisse. Built in 1964, it was designed by Ortrud Lerch. The fountain, as well as the garden and the building, are under a preservation order for cultural heritage, and the garden is open to the public for viewing. The fountain has suffered during the decades and the scale of damage is extensive, with missing mosaics, broken structures, and vegetation growing through the surface.
ESMT is collecting funds for the restoration of the historic garden fountain. The aim of the project is to restore the fountain to its former glory. The restoration work will last approximately 6 months and cost approximately € 350,000.
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The fountain and garden are under historic preservation order and is currently open to the public. The fountain is the design focus and draws associations to an impressive underwater flora and fauna and is an excellent example of GDR art.
The fountain is an excellent example of modernist art. It was built in 1964 based on the design of Ortrud Lerch. The vivid colours of the fountain reflect those of Walter Womacka's glass mosaic, which stands guard opposite the fountain.
A damage analysis revealed extensive damage, such as voids in the ceramics, dirt deposits, infestation, and broken mosaic pieces.
The aim is to restore the fountain to its former glory, to emphasize its historic relevance, as well as its architectural unity with the building and to give the public the opportunity to adopt a piece of history.