‘A Piece of Work: AquaPoint’

Local Arts Reviews



Sculpture in limestone and glass by Damian Priour

Austin Museum of Art – Laguna Gloria, permanent display

It's an arrow pointing to the sky, diminutive from a distance. In sharp, classical lines hewn from white Texas limestone, the sculpture juts from the front lawn of Laguna Gloria's Driscoll Villa like a clean-lined cursor giving directions to the sun. It's not overly arresting in the shadow of the other, more hulking pieces on the lawn; you might overlook it if you're in a hurry. But if you're leisurely walking the park's gravel path, it's hard to walk by without pausing.

AquaPoint is a fountain sculpture, but instead of spouting or streaming water, this arrow drips water from its shoulders, creating a sound that's most like the thick drops from house eaves on a rainy day. The drops fall in a diffuse sprinkling across the length of the square reflecting pool below, causing a sheet of perfectly elliptical, evenly spaced circles in the water. From here, the gentle glint of falling water draws the eye upward again toward the tip of the arrow.

From far away, this piece seems supremely neoclassical. But when you're up close to AquaPoint, its asymmetries and not-so-classical details zoom into view: the crumbling edges of its base and crest, the naturally irregular shell-shaped gouges of the limestone, and, perhaps most strikingly, the two globular chunks of aqua glass at the arrow's eye and heart. It's these details that make AquaPoint an exercise in both sublime order and the pockets of chaos that define our natural world.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Arts Reviews
'The 2012 Drawing Annual'
Don't let Tiny Park Gallery go without experiencing this exhibit of depth and meaning

Wayne Alan Brenner, May 18, 2012

Arts Review
'Memento Mori'
The three artists showing here exhibit so much sentience, mystery, and grace

Wayne Alan Brenner, April 13, 2012

More by Molly Beth Brenner
'Books and Parts of Books: 1996-2004'
'Books and Parts of Books: 1996-2004'
Austin Museum of Art Downtown, through Aug. 29

June 25, 2004

Local Arts Reviews

June 18, 2004


A Piece of Work, AquaPoint, Damian Priour, Austin Museum of Art – Laguna Gloria, Driscoll Villa

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle