The Sutphin Fountain is a built environment located at the Indianapolis
Museum of Art (IMA), which is near downtown Indianapolis, Indiana
. The granite and concrete fountain was designed by Stuart O. Dawson of Sasaki, Dawson, DeMay Associates, Inc. (now Sasaki Associates) in 1972.
The Sutphin Fountain is a year-round fountain located just north of the IMA’s main entrance, heading off the stretch of landscaping called the Sutphin Mall.Its large circular basin contains a poured concrete platform upon which sit 352 blocks of handcrafted, white granite of varying sizes, some weighing over a ton. Each block is flat on top and narrow, vertical ridges have been carved into the sides.
The platform is raised slightly higher than ground level, and slopes slightly upward towards the center. A drainage basin surrounds the platform and serves as a barrier for the garden.In the center of the platform 27 high-powered jets of water are fed from a central pipe and spray straight up into the air at a height anywhere between eight and 15 feet. Approximately 10,000 gallons of water are pumped through the jets every minute.Color-shifting LED lights illuminate the column of water at night, and colorful lights are also installed underneath the ledge of the platform.