Sterling Wells

Waterfall from a basin carried by Faureica, alternately called Faurecia Fountain

Between January 2011 and December 2013, I constructed a caryatid out of plastic car bumpers that I
collected from a dumpster outside an auto-body shop near my studio. I became fixated on car
bumpers as symbolic of contemporary life, and attempted to rend them into something that would
subvert their previous cultural role. A caryatid is a female figure sculpture used as a column. This
caryatid holds the upper basin of a waterfall.

Her name is Faurecia, after the name of the French automotive part manufacturer that is stamped on
her cheek. The corporation’s name is pronounced “four-see-uh,” but I pronounce her name 
“four-ee-shee-uh,” like a latinate botanical term. 

Between December 2013 and June 2014, I had a waterfall in my studio. Over time, this environment
changed and evolved- notably, the plants around her base grew and began to entwine Faurecia. 

The project is particularly influenced by my upbringing in Florida, and a chance visit to Edward
James’ Las Pozas, a surrealist world of whimsical cement structures in the jungle near Xilitla, Mexico. 

After the short video, the pictures below document this project, and are presented in roughly
chronological order. 

Please click below to view a fourteen page PDF presented by Petrella's Imports that documents the
making of Faurecia's head through drawings, photographs of the sculpture in progress, and
reference photographs. 


Materials include plastic car parts, wood, hardware, rocks, cement, bentonite clay, water, subtropical
plants collected in Florida, soil, vinyl, two pumps, lights, plexiglass, polyethylene tubing, forty-five
gallon container

A 24 second video of the fountain in my studio.