Joy of the Waters
Found: April 29, 2016
My friend Alexis alerted me to this small fountain inside Nelson-Atkins. It is in the classroom section of the Nelson Atkins Building, which is off to the left, past the restrooms, as you enter from the Bloch Building. Turn down the hall and go a little ways and you will see this room through a couple of doorways. You might hear it (if it is running, see below) before you see it. There are doors leading out into the East Sculpture Garden but, as you can see in the pictures, they are blocked off. While it was once an entrance, it has been made into a small room for relaxing with a couple of benches in alcoves.
The sculpture is by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth and sits in the middle of a small basin. It is of a nude woman standing on a small rock surrounded by small plants. There are small jets of water coming out of the base. The whole thing is not very big and it is very subdued.
I do not know how often this fountain runs. Alexis has pictures of this fountain while it was off and has never seen it in operation before. I went back a week after I took these pictures and the fountain was off. Whether she is running or not, she is accessible for viewing.