The Fountains of Musica Foundation announced the naming of the iconic Music Row sculpture, a tribute to a Williamson County songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant.
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.
The Naming of the Fountain
Child announced the fountains exciting new name, “The Boudleaux and Felice Bryant Fountains of Musica,” honoring Nashville’s first professional songwriters.
“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. With hit songs cut and performed live by everyone from Little Jimmy Dickens, The Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, the Beatles and Roy Orbison to Eddie Vedder, Norah Jones, Brothers Osborne, and Phish.”
The couple also penned the beloved anthem ‘Rocky Top.’ It is a perfect union with ‘Musica.’ which honors the diversity of Nashville’s musical genres and its people,” Child said.
It’s the Largest Bronze Figure in the United States
“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.
Fundraising to Complete Project
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.
An exciting element of this campaign is the creative partnership with the local advertising agency, bohan, who has created a rebranding, advertising campaign and new website for the “Fountains of Musica.”
Country Music artist Rodney Atkins lent his time and talent in support of the project at the news conference. Drake Milligan, a rising star with BBR, Sony/ATV, CAA, BMI, BIG DREAMS ENTERTAINMENT/DESTON ENTERTAINMENT, performed along with Cooper Alan hit The Everly Brothers songs written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant and ended with “Rocky Top.”
Visit FountainsOfMusica.org for more information on history and the donation process. Project engineers are Gresham Smith and general contractor is Outside The Lines, OTL.
Watch the video from the press conference below.