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Centre Point fountains find new home in Dorset

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The Grade II-listed Centre Point fountains are to be installed at the AA’s campus at Hooke Park, Dorset

Designed by German-born émigré artist Jupp Dernbach-Mayen, the concrete structures have languished in a lock-up in Norfolk since being dismantled seven years ago.

The water feature at the base of the famous Richard Seifert-designed tower was removed and replaced by ventilation shafts and a Stanton Williams-designed Underground entrance, as part of Crossrail’s revamp of Tottenham Court Road station.

However this spring the fountains will be re-erected in a 350-acre woodland as part of the AA’s permanent countryside exhibition.

According to Hooke Park director Martin Self, the idea to place the fountains in the park came from Dernbach-Mayen’s son-in-law, ABK’s Richard Burton, who arranged for the fountains’ rescue.

Dernbach-Mayen was born in Germany in 1908 and fled to Spain’s Balearic islands during the 1930s after learning that he was being monitored by the Gestapo.

While living in Ibiza Dernbach-Mayen studied art and worked as a painter and decorator before relocating to London in 1939. His commissions include the now-listed friezes for the Sanderson Hotel in Fitzrovia, as well as the fountains which were built in 1963 at the base of the new Centre Point tower.

Speaking about the installation Self said: ’We are delighted to be giving the fountains a new home.’ 

 

Centre Point Fountain

Centre Point Fountain

Centre Point Fountain

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