Lake George Fountain

The project involved the extensive improvement of Lake George, a small lake on the fringe of downtown St. Cloud, MN. Known as the “Granite City”, St. Cloud owes its nickname and much of its history and economy to its bedrock. The fountain design incorporates powerful granite elements selected from the Cold Spring Granite Quarry. The massiveness of the split blocks contrast with drill and plug marks to express both the power of the raw stone and the marks of hand drawn tools that fueled a local industry for over a century. Granite terraces recall the quarry strata of the granite bluffs that shape the nearby Mississippi River gorge. Other granite elements include a water wall, monoliths with cascading water, a seat wall, benches, retaining wall, and paving. The fountain design also incorporates seating and plaza space that can be used as a gathering place for small events.