Fountain of Youth
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This fountain was partly purchased with donations of nickels and dimes from Scottsdale grade school children. The free-flowing, tiered fountain is constructed of concrete and is designed to become part of the landscape, blending in with the buildings in the Civic Center complex, designed by the late artist and architect Bennie Gonzales 1924–2008).
A native of Arizona, Gonzales was primarily known for his distinctive architectural style, which can be found throughout the state. He attended Arizona State University and worked as an architect for more than 50 years, winning numerous awards and honors for his work. His work is characterized by cultural elements and a lack of 90-degree angles, producing a Southwestern style that has been widely imitated throughout the region.
Gonzales enlisted Ivan Pintar (1940–1994) to design and create the Fountain of Youth. From 1963 to 1994, Pintar lived and worked at Cosanti, Paolo Soleri’s studio in Paradise Valley. He created many fountains and photographed the construction and activities at Cosanti and Arcosanti. Pintar also worked as a manager of the Cosanti Originals bell business.
Location3997 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA