A WATERFALL OF A STRANGE NEW KIND
Richard Huws’ Piazza Fountain, Drury Lane, Liverpool
In 1962 the Merseyside Civic Society commissioned the Welsh designer, Richard Huws, then a lecturer at the Liverpool School of Architecture, to design a kinetic fountain for central Liverpool. Dr Richard Moore, helped by university friends, all of whom were students of Richard Huws at the time he was designing his Liverpool fountain, has traced the history of the fountain – known locally as the ‘bucket fountain’ - exploring its origins, its opening in the Goree Piazza in May 1967, its subsequent demise, its restoration between 1997 and 2000 and its present condition in the re-named Beetham Plaza. The resulting report of January 2019 has now been updated to also record the recent threat to the fountain, its listing and its proposed future revitalisation in the Piazza.