Water – the base element to make up a sculpture?? Well that is something unexpected. This is a work of William Pye for the Seam Hall Hotel in Durham, UK.

The interesting story of inspiration: According to Greek mythology, the sirens Charybdis and Scylla resided in the Sicilian Sea. Because Charybdis had stolen the oxen of Hercules, Zeus struck her with a thunderbolt and changed her into a whirlpool whose vortex swallowed up ships. In Charybdis the circular movement of water inside a transparent acrylic cylinder forms an air-core vortex in the centre. Steps wrap around the cylinder and allow spectators to view the vortex from above.