The silence of water in Leonforte’s Granfonte

“But the song of water / Is an eternal thing. / It is the deep-running sap / That makes fields ripen. / It is the blood of poets / Who let their souls / get lost in the pathways / of nature”: with these words Federico García Lorca celebrated the secret, incessant, infinite flow of water in his poem “Morning”.

In Leonforte, Sicily, water springs from two dozen bronze spouts every day of the year, except one: Good Friday, when even water stops in mourning for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, as the monumental Granfonte fountain silences its twenty-four mouths for twenty-four hours.

Leonforte’s old public drinking trough is 24.6 meters long and 2.55 deep. It was built by an architect from Palermo, Mariano Smeriglio, between 1649 and 1652, in the location of a preexistent Arab fountain.

When water resumes its course on Holy Saturday, hope appears to gush with it once again. And the verses by Cesare Pavese seem fit to describe the imminent Resurrection: “That street will open out, / The stones will sing out, / The heart will beat thud, leaping / like the water in the fountains”.

“But the song of water / Is an eternal thing. / It is the deep-running sap / That makes fields ripen. / It is the blood of poets / Who let their souls / get lost in the pathways / of nature”: with these words Federico García Lorca celebrated the secret, incessant, infinite flow of water in his poem “Morning”.

In Leonforte, Sicily, water springs from two dozen bronze spouts every day of the year, except one: Good Friday, when even water stops in mourning for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, as the monumental Granfonte fountain silences its twenty-four mouths for twenty-four hours.

Leonforte’s old public drinking trough is 24.6 meters long and 2.55 deep. It was built by an architect from Palermo, Mariano Smeriglio, between 1649 and 1652, in the location of a preexistent Arab fountain.

When water resumes its course on Holy Saturday, hope appears to gush with it once again. And the verses by Cesare Pavese seem fit to describe the imminent Resurrection: “That street will open out, / The stones will sing out, / The heart will beat thud, leaping / like the water in the fountains”.

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March 13, 2014

The silence of water in Leonforte’s Granfonte

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