Peter Gnass was born in Germany and attended the Hamburg Academy of Fine Art and the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, then specialized in printmaking under Dumouchel. In 1970, he presented his first solo exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Topolog. During his career, he has had regular exhibitions in Canada and abroad, and he has produced a number of works of public art. In 1967, he created a bronze mural for the lobby of Théâtre Maisonneuve de Montréal, and in 1978 he created a large stainless-steel mural for the LaSalle Métro station.
The artwork is situated in Square Viger, in the centre of the block bordered by Viger, Saint-André, Saint-Antoine, and Saint-Hubert streets. At first, it was integrated into a children’s park designed by the artist, consisting of a sculptural and environmental arrangement composed of various pieces of play equipment.
The fountain is a grouping of 34 stainless-steel rods holding chromed bronze nozzles. The 478-cm-tall rods are set at regular intervals around a concrete pool. The distribution of the rods in the space is related to the artist’s work at the time, which implemented plays on perspective.