Driving down Cherry Blossom Lane in the Magnolia Estates subdivision, you can't help but notice the 6 1/2-foot tall fountain in front of the home of Dick Krajnik and Carol Brundage. From the street, the fountain looks like a black, marble ball resting on a tall, black, tapered base, all sitting in a marble box.
Even from a distance, the fountain is beautiful, a work of art. But up close, it's even more stunning and dramatic. The stone of the fountain is a myriad of hues of blues, blacks and grays, all stippled together. And the sound the water makes as it cascades down the fountain's sides is soothing and almost comforting.
Even though the fountain now lives in Cornelius, the couple found it in California when they were shopping for plants for their new home in Palm Desert, near Palm Springs. They were at a nursery, picking out plants, saw the fountain, and bought it. When they lived in California, they had people “stopping all the time” at their home to ask them about the fountain.
At the beginning of 2007, Krajnik moved to this area. Brundage followed in September. “We had a lot to pack,” she said.
Brundage originally planned to leave the fountain at their California home. She kidded that when Krajnik found out she was leaving the fountain behind, he said, ‘If you don't bring it, don't come!'” So the movers loaded the fountain on their truck and it made the trip cross-country to a new home
As it was the last piece on the moving van, the fountain was the first thing off. Krajnik had the movers immediately put the fountain in the front yard, to the side of the house, under a tree. The movers placed the fountain before any furniture even made it into the house. Krajnik said he just knew the spot where the fountain belonged.
It is such a unique piece that a local merchant who sells fountains stopped by their house one day and asked them where they got it. It seems that he had customers who were interested in similar fountains. Unfortunately, the couple couldn't really help.
Besides the obvious artistic value, the fountain serves a more functional purpose. It's also a great bird bath. Not only do the birds play in the water falling at the bottom, but they also sit atop the fountain and drink the water.
In the winter, the fountain freezes, and “it's interesting,” said Brundage. “It's all frozen and white and lumpy,” but still beautiful.
Krajnik was quick to point out that the fountain “doesn't take a lot of water. It's circulating, not running (water).”
“It only takes a bucket every once in awhile,” Brundage added.
Krajnik plans eventually to put lights on the fountain since it was lit at their home in California. Brundage explained that with the lights, the ball, the top part of the fountain, looks like it's suspended with water falling from it. The couple even discussed putting colored lights on the fountain, different colors for different holidays.
“The fountain is an unusual piece,” Brundage said.