Perfectly imperfect: French slate fountain from Stone Forest

True to its name, the French slate fountain is carved from large pieces of fine-grained metamorphic rock imported from Maël-Carhaix, Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany in northwestern France.
True to its name, the French slate fountain is carved from large pieces of fine-grained metamorphic rock imported from Maël-Carhaix, Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany in northwestern France. Photo credit: Stone Forest

Stone Forest’s newest creation, the French slate fountain, is made of solid slate stone.

Its smooth, flat surface contrasts with its rugged, rough-hewn sides for a cascade along a singularly irregular, greenish-gold patinated periphery. The fountain has an uneven, rocky look that recalls weather-beaten wood or ancient stone.

True to its name, the French slate fountain is carved from large pieces of fine-grained metamorphic rock imported from Maël-Carhaix, Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany in northwestern France. Long used as a roofing material for esteemed homes and buildings such as the Sorbonne and Chapelle des Invalides in Paris, the boulders are distinguished by attributes that create the ideal raw material for fountains.

At about 600 pounds and 20 inches in height, each French slate fountain is also unique in terms of color, shape and dimensions, so no two are ever alike.