The waters of the Fountain of Youth by Albert Hien have always been a repository for humanity's dreams about the possibility of turning back the inexorable progression of time. Albert Hien has given plastic form to the intellectual love of the Fountain of Youth, located outside the Pecci centre for contemporary art in Prato.
Two powerful silver towers of different dimensions, crowned by two plates, one of which pours water into the other. The twin placement of the sculpture brings distant memories of the "Sagrada Damiglia di Gaudi" which, melting into each other, heralded Christological love. The structure of the Fountain of Youth evokes associations with towered gothic helmets, or with upturned champagne glasses... In this sculpture, Hien operates a reversal of current thought; his garden of delights is suspended--and here we see an affinity with Bosch--in a precarious equilibrium between earthly pleasure and nightmare.