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Email: thecollinssociety@gmail.com

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The restoration and maintenance of Collin's designs is always in need of volunteers and funding. You can make a difference. 

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Completed in July, 1976, the East India Square fountain symbolizes the historical relationship of Salem to the ocean and the Far East. Click above to hear Collin's right hand man, Tom Schraudenbach discuss it's creation.

Designed as an abstracted map of Salem, the pool is constructed with two levels to illustrate the shorelines of pre-colonial and contemporary Salem. The upper level represents the 18th and 19th century coastline, when Salem's shipping trade with the Far East flourished. 

The lower level represents the shape of today's shoreline, the result of over two hundred and fifty years of filling. The North and South Rivers and the old Harbor were essentially lost in the process.

The two levels are built with granite stones salvaged from the bed of Essex Street, and the bottom is paved with local water-worn cobbles. The sculpture, placed in front of East India Marine Hall, symbolizes the importance of Salem as a gateway to the Far East. Ada Louise Huxtable, renowned architectural critic for the New York Times, found the square "delightful".

EAST INDIA SQUARE

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After 40 years, the East India Fountain is still very popular, which is just another reason why it must be restored to its original state. With the PEM's expansion underway, there is a possibility to work with the museum to restore their fountain to it's former glory.

- Restore Oriental Gateway Fountain

- Rrestore Lighting Bollards
- Restore Kiosk
- Restore Chipping Border
- Restore Informative Plaque