17 Most Creative Water Fountains From Around the World

3:07 AM by Saša Tošić
Water fountains have a long place in our history. Dating back to the Ancient Roman times, these reservoirs were first designed with a purely practical purpose—for holding precious drinking water and bathing. These early fountains were uncovered, free standing, and placed along the street for public consumption. (Wealthier folks also had them in their homes.) Of course, like many things the Romans did, they added some ornamental elements to their creations and started a tradition that carries on today.
 Now, fountains have a decorative place in our culture. Artists and architects approach them first and foremost as sculptures with elements of water in them. This liquid addition creates playful public art that delights and even surprises us. One popular concept is everyday things blown up as larger than life. The Magic Tap Fountain in Cádiz, Andalucía appears as a faucet that’s floating in midair. From it, water pours into the “sink” below. Its jumbo size makes it seem as if a giant forgot to turn off the tap.
Other fountains designs are completed with water. The ghostly <p/water-boat-fountain-valencia-spain/” target=”_blank”>Water Boat Fountain in Valencia, Spain, comprises just a few bent-metal pieces that reveal a deserted ship once the liquid flows.
See how artists, architects, and sculptors have redefined the art of water fountains, below.

Grifo Mágico (Magic Tap) in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz, Andalucía)

  Metalmorphosis by David Cherny at the Whitehall Technology Park in Charlotte, North Carolina

  Fountain by Malgorzata Chodakowska

  Water Boat Fountain in Playa de la Malvarrosa in Valencia, Spain

  Magic Water Circuit in Parque de la Reserva in Lima, Peru


  Julie Penrose Fountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado


  Nine Floating Fountains by Isamu Noguchi in Osaka, Japan


  Vaillancourt Fountain by Armand Vaillancourt in San Francisco, California


  The Fountain of Wealth in Suntec City, Singapore


  The Pineapple Fountain in Charleston, South Carolina


  El Alamein Fountain by Phill Taranto in Sydney, Australia

  Swarovski Fountain in Austria


  71 Fountain in Ohio

  Tlaloc Fountain in Chapultepec Park in Mexico City, Mexico


  Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois


  Charybdis by William Pye

  Fountain by Rubenstein Studios at the University of Connecticut







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