Still running: Kara Walkers fountain will go back on show at Tate Modern post lockdown

Kara Walker's monumental fountain Fons Americanus, on show at Tate Modern in London Photo: Ben Fisher

Visitors to Tate Modern are in for a treat once the Bankside gallery re-opens post lockdown—in other words, Kara Walkers amazing monumental fountain—entitled Fons Americanus—will still be on display in the Turbine Hall (the work was due to remain on show until 5 April but Tates four galleries all closed mid-March due to coronavirus). “Its story of the invisibility and the erasure of black history in our monuments is so fantastically covered,” Tate Modern director Frances Morris told BBC Radio 4. Indeed, the work has proved to be one of the most popular commissions in the colossal space, drawing thousands of visitors who were encouraged to sit on the bench-like rim of the fountain. Earlier this year a spokesman for the New York-based gallery Sikkema Jenkins & Co., which represents the artist, said that the watery piece will be dismantled, destroyed and recycled. Morris was at pains to point out that “Kara Walker conceived that piece for Tate Modern specifically [in that] spaRead More – Source