sixteen moving sculptural fountains dedicated to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring
as many as the pieces that form the famous Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. The piece was so modern and controversial that it caused a riot at its premiere in Paris 100 years ago.
developed these beautiful sculptures: Tinguely (in charge of the black statues) and Niki de Saint Phalle, the creator of the colourful ones
is the area of the shallow fountain basin that lies behind the Centre Pompidou
the park that inspired monarchs across Europe
surround Latona, Apollo and Diana in the Metamorphosis inspired wedding cake style fountain; the most famous fountain in the complex
surface area makes up the "Gran Canal"; equivalent to 19 olympic swimming pools. It was built to store yachts/gondolas and got its name from the Venice Grand Canal
of underground pipes supply water to the 50 garden fountains
one of the 7 Russian wonders
make up the majestic Grand Cascade.
is the height of the tallest water jet in the Cascade. It is formed around a statue of a lion.
is the dimension of the Peterhof Palace park. It hosts 150 fountains and 3 cascades all of which work without the use of pumps thanks the hydrotechnical mechanism invented by Sualem.
one of over 2000 fountains in Rome. Legend says that if you throw a coin in, you're ensured a return to "the Eternal City"
are thrown in the fountain everyday. They are collected and donated to a charity.
was the year the fountain, as we know it today, was completed. While the aqueduct that terminates in the spot dates back to 19 BC, the first graphical evidence of a previous version of the fountain dates back to 15th century.
Potentially the first lottery funded project in history, the game of Lotto, previously banned by the Vatican, was reintroduced specifically to fund the build
a fountain, a bridge or a rainbow?
The fountain runs the entire length of the bridge. It follows Banpo Bridge on both sides and is the longest fountain in the world
of water is in the air at any time. The 760 nozzles spray water 43m sideways - larger than the wingspan of an Airbus A380.
make up the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain
the first performing fountain
Mickey meets water, fire and music
As part of the show, 30 projectors work in unison to project the Little Marmaid on to a 120m long wall of water
fountains and firewhips push water up to 60m, and fire to 15m, high
was needed to transport all the pieces in to their final resting spaces, which had temporarily been occuping over 500 spaces in the Disney parking lot.
Vegas meets Dubai
a wall-sized water jet printer
times a minute the giant clock uses water to tell the time
Literally translated as "water thief", it's the Greek word for water clock. Although Osaka Fountain looks very futuristic, a clock made of water is no new idea!
of the time the fountain isn't telling the time at all - it's embellishing the station with beautifully transient floral motives.
home to the Swarovski Crystal Museum, created on the company’s 100th anniversary
splashing in the square
was spent on constructing the fountain. The same budget could have, instead, bought every family in Chicago its own $16 table fountain
of Chicagoans are rotated at random
lights cover the fountain, bringing the portraits to life
Australia's tallest fountain
500 litres of water is thrown in to the air each second. With an amazing 12 second hang-time that equals 6000L of water in the air at any moment - equivalent to the weight of 70 adult kangaroos.
Through 50m worth of underwater tunnels, the water reaches phenomenal speeds.
It uses the same system as the more famous Jet d'Eau in Geneva - which once caused diplomatic issues between the two countries!
the safety valve
the world tallest fountain
a source of power
is the time it took to finish the fountain. Completed in 1844 in honour of Tzar NicholasI who was expected to visit Chatsworth. He didn't
In 1998 a turbine was installed enabling the fountain to produce a third of the electricity needed at Chatsworth
of water per minute are supplied to the fountain from the surrounding artificial lake
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