In Ghana, movable fountain production has
not been industry friendly especially to our local
material producing industries in Ghana. Materials like
Resin, silicon and fine marble stone which are not
traditionally produced materials in Ghana are what
most fountains used in Ghana are made of. This has
made fountain production and repairs very difficult and
expensive. The local material producing industries
equally produce strong and good materials and forms
that can be effectively employed in fountain production.
Applying and repairing fountains produced in these
local materials and forms are less costly and easier. For
this reason, this study focuses on the forms of locally
cast aluminium utensils for the production of fountains.
In spite using these utensils for cooking purposes, it was
also observed that, they have form that elated to some
elemental forms in the production movable fountains.
This study aimed at identifying the forms of the
Ghanaian aluminum cast utensils suitable for the
different parts of a movable water fountain. In this
regard, data was collected through observation and
interviews of selected stakeholders of the foundries in
Tamale and Kumasi which formed the population for
the study. In relation to existing fountains the forms
were subjected to conceptual analyses which resulted in
three concepts. these concepts were further subjected to
matrix evaluation based on affordability, attractiveness,
sustainability, strength, functionability, lightness of
weight, and size. This arrived at a more efficient design.
This was further subject to fabrication
experimentations in line with the design. The result of
this study is a locally cast aluminum utensil water
fountain. it is called ‘water fall and cascading’ fountain
based on the design and water flow. The study has
proven that the forms and functions of these utensils
make an ideal fountain that is ecofriendly, safe, less
costly and easy to maintain.
Keywords : Fountains, Ghanaian aluminium cast utensils, Design, Local materials, Sustainability