Campaign underway for Boudleaux & Felice Bryant Fountains of Musica
This week The Fountains of Musica Foundation announced the naming of the iconic Music Row sculpture, a community-wide fundraising campaign launch and construction plans for the three-fountain, Music Row project. The inclusive campaign engages community-wide support to complete the projected $12 million project, which will provide an official entry to historic Music Row as well as inspiration and city pride.
The Fountains of Musica Foundation was created to complete the original, privately funded commission of sculptor Alan LeQuire’s work, “Musica,” installed
in 2003. Located on city property, the approved plan included a sculpture surrounded by dynamic waters, inspired by fountains seen in major cities
throughout the world, said foundation chairman, Desmond Child, Grammy-winning producer and Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.
This week Child announced the fountains’ new name, “The Boudleaux and Felice Bryant Fountains of Musica,” honoring Nashville’s first professional
songwriters. The Bryants wrote hit songs cut and performed by everyone from Little Jimmy Dickens and Bob Dylan to Emmylou Harris, the Beatles and Roy Orbison. The couple also penned the beloved anthem ‘Rocky Top.’
“This is a momentous day for Nashville and the music community as we honor Nashville’s first professional songwriters with a work of art, ‘The Boudleaux and
Felice Bryant Fountains of Musica,’ which will no doubt become the iconic symbol of our city,” Child said. “It is a perfect union with ‘Musica’ which honors the diversity of Nashville’s musical genres and its people.”
Del Bryant, son of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant and former Broadcast Music, Inc. President/CEO, reflected on the fountains honoring his parents.
“It is our honor to help bring to life a beautiful installation at the top of Music Row which we hope will be as inspirational as Music Row itself,” Bryant said.
“Musica” is considered to be the largest bronze figure group in the United States and the foundation previously unveiled the three fountains design in partnership with world-renown Water Entertainment Technologies (WET), a Southern California-based, award-winning design and engineering firm. A WET video animation and rendering detail the central fountain surrounding “Musica,” filling the inner ring of the Buddy Killen Circle where there is now grass. This will remain a roundabout for city traffic.
A second fountain, flush with the ground, will be in the adjacent Owen Bradley Park. This fountain, floating over the surface, will be a soft mist with jewels of
water appearing and disappearing designed to be viewed and not interactive. This portion of the project will include a quiet seating area, and this fountain can
be turned off accommodating community activities. The third feature will be cascading waters in the median of Division Street, near 17th Avenue South,
announcing the magic ahead when “Musica” is approached from the west.
Of the money being raised from the private sector, LeQuire said the goal for the community campaign is $2 million by December 2019 allowing the project to stay on schedule, flipping the switch for the fountains in November 2020. LeQuire said due to its location on city property, this is public private partnership
is important to complete the fountains as originally planned in 2003.