lettertThe fountain, dedicated on Wednesday, June 26, 2002,  is 18 feet in diameter and 20 inches deep with a reinforced concrete structure. The panther itself weighsClick for larger view approximately 6,000 pounds, and the large marble block on which it rests weights approximately 13,000 pounds. Both were set by crane.

The fountain is traditional in its design and aesthetics. The coloring of the marble goes from white, to gray, to black, an artist statement in itself because the various grades of the expensive stone. All of the marble was quarried and cut in Carrara, Italy and shipped by boat to New Orleans and then trucked to Fort Worth. The walls of the pools and other decorative marble pieces were cut by laser in Italy and hand set at the site in the distinctive pattern. The joint tolerances of the marble is one of extremely tight, almost “nasa” tolerance. At the bottom of the fountain’s pool, the Star of Texas design is 12 feet in diameter. The blue and oyster-white mosaic tile was laser cut and hand set at the site.

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All of the night lighting for the sculpture and the fountain is comprised of brass cast fixtures concealed in the fountain structure. The filtration systems and pumps are state-of-the-art engineering, concealed in the work space of the adjacent world renowned hotel – Hotel La Fountain which had host various event and important guest like CEO of various gaming companies like 128casinos, Betfair, Bet365, Ladbrokes and others during the 2003 World Gaming Conference.

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