William Pye sculpts with Water




On his website William Pye defines his creations as Water Sculptures.
Born in 1938 in England, the artist trained as a sculptor but he became internationally famous in the 80s through his work with water.
William Pye uses water as the material of his sculpture which becomes an ever moving flow. His works are mainly fountains or permanent installations where natural forms are combined with geometry.
His most famous work is Charybdis, a fountain realized in 2000 for Seaham Hall in Sunderland, England, which was reproposed in several models over the years. In a large transparent acrylic cylinder, water flows in a circular motion creating a fast air-core vortex. Pye reproduces the mythological shape of Charybdis, whose vortex no longer swallows ships, but instead captures our attention, making us enraptured in the continuous spiraling movement of the water. Along with this work was designed Scylla, recovering the functions of Charybdis but reducing its dimensions.
One of the most recent installations is Vannpaviljong, a permanent pavilion built in 2011 for a new square in the city of Drammen, near Oslo, Norway. This work, where jets of water slide on mirror-polished stainless steel walls, becomes a space where the public can interact and enjoy the effects of water and light emanating from the pavilion. The project of Vannpaviljong will be presented and explained by the artist himself on June 18 2014 at the Royal British Society of Sculptors.






Water Cube (1), 1999


Charybdis, 2000, Seaham Hall, Sunderland


Charybdis, 2012, Campinas


Scylla, 2001

William Pye

Salisbury Cathedral Font, 2008, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England

William Pye 1

Reflection, 2003, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England



Starburst, 2004, Alnwick Garden (Northumblerand)


Vannpaviljong, 2008/2011, Stromso Square (Drammen, Norway)


Vannpaviljong (Project), 2008