This talk is part of the Fountain Fundamentals Conference, July 10-11, 2013, Kansas City, MO.
Challenges of Maintaining the Fountains of “The City of Fountains” – Kansas City by Jocelyn Ball-Edson
Jocelyn will discuss the wide range of challenges encountered in maintaining and preserving a collection of nearly 50 public fountains and over 60 other monuments and sculptures. Topics include vandalism, weather, budgets and public perception, illustrated with rarely seen images of the inner workings of pump vaults and mechanical rooms, as well as details of fountain structures and sculptures.
Jocelyn Ball-Edson, ASLA, has been a Landscape Architect with Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department since 1995. In addition to designing and managing construction of various park improvements, for the last 10 years she has managed fountain and monument restoration projects ranging from cleaning and conservation of small bronze plaques to the complete restoration of the oldest fountain in Kansas City. She has worked with professional conservators on over 60 monuments, sculptures and fountains throughout the City. Born and raised in California, Jocelyn studied art at UCLA and has Bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and landscape architecture from Rhode Island School of Design.