Building of Fountain Ruins Exhibition

Building of Fountain Ruins Exhibition

 

Period: from Aug. 20th, 2008 to the present
Main Sponsor: Prince Kung’s Mansion of the Ministry of Culture of China
Planning: Prince Kung’s Mansion of the Ministry of Culture of China

 

The Building of Fountain is located on the western side of the Houzhao Terrace of the Mansion, and now only ruins are left. The only record about this Building of Fountain was seen in an article “Beijing Prince Kung’s Mansion and its Garden” on the 1940 published “Monumenta Serica”. “On the very western side of the Terrace, there is a cave hidden unexpectedly inside the wall. If going further, there is a small labyrinth (it is the Building of Fountain), long, narrow and full of twists and turns. In the end, there are decorative appearances drawing of this long two-storied building. From there, you can enter a big room, sky-patterned drawing on the ceiling. It looks like as if it were outer decorations, but in fact it was built inside the building. The whole purpose of the building pattern is to give its visitors a kind of illusion that there is a pavilion lying in intangible bamboos, and a cave is on the faraway side. All those sceneries are drawn on the wall by a perspective drawing method, and accompanied by a half-drawing-half-real corridor. Under clouds and sky, there are bamboo woods. The pillar of the corridor is real, and a cave drilled on the top of the corridor. Through the cave entrance, there is a long and narrow tunnel access to the second floor, and a pavilion lies in the center of the whole building. On the western side of this big room, a rockery cave piled by rocks is completely real. There is a big jar full of water hidden on the rockery’s cliff. Water falls drop by drop, absorbed by soil. The sound of a drop of water is like echo in a vacant valley. Water finally flows into a small pond of the central pavilion. The last time we saw it, there are still goldfishes swimming in it.” It was demolished after the Fu Jen University entered. This exhibition is based on the record and in accordance with researches from the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University.

Building of Fountain Ruins Exhibition

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