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Panola College Foundation Installs Floating Granite Fountain



With the construction of the new Health and Natural Sciences building at
Panola College, the Panola College Foundation believed it was important to
mark the memorable occasion. The Foundation decided to place a beautiful
floating granite fountain on the north side of the Health and Natural
Sciences building as a landmark for the College.
The floating granite fountain is a custom designed interactive sculpture
that consists of a 5,000 pound 48” granite ball supported by a thin film of
water. The granite sphere is engraved with the map of the world and
engineered to rotate on the approximate axis of the Earth. As an
interactive sculpture, spectators are able to accelerate or change the
course of the floating sphere, only to have it return to its natural
rotation when left alone.
The fountain is the beginning of a larger project, an Inspiration Garden,
which will run the length of the Health and Natural Sciences building. The
Inspiration Garden will offer a beautiful oasis for students to relax or
study and will incorporate learning opportunities for students enrolled in
health-related and science classes.