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Utter fascination. Since our beginnings we humans have been under the spell of the sounds and kinetics of the rise and fall of water. Here's a random sampling from hundreds of great fountains. Let's all gather around.

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Crystal Palace fountain in London.
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Epcot Center fountain in Orlando.
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Stravinsky fountain in Paris.
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Prometheus fountain in New York City.
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Alexander Garden fountain in Moscow.
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Organ fountain at Villa d'Este in Tivoli.
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Trevi fountain in Rome.
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Buckingham fountain in Chicago.
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Trocadero fountains in Paris.
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Revson chandelier fountain at Lincoln Center in New York City.
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One of the Bellagio fountains in Vegas.
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And another Bellagio fountain.
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Trafalgar fountain in London.
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Butler ice fountain in Buffalo.
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Pond of Dreams fountain in Osaka.
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Designers:

1. Follet Osler. With four tons of pure crystal glass, Osler's fountain was the highlight of the Great Exhibition in London, 1851. The structure was supported by "invisible" bars of iron embedded in the glass shafts.

2. Mark Fuller. With his company, WET (see below), built the Fountain of Nations in 1982. In 1994 this part of Disneyland was renamed Epcot Center.

3. Jean Tinuely. With sculptor Niki de Saint-Phalle, created the famous Igor Stavinsky fountain at the Centre George Pompidou in 1983.

4. Paul Manship. Completed his design of the Prometheous fountain at Rockefeller Center in 1934. WET Design added the water jets in 1988.

5. Zurab Tsereteli. The famed culture and arts leader created the Fountain of Horses in Alexander Gardens, adjacent to the Kremlin, in 1996.

6. Pirro Ligorio. The Water Organ– one of hundreds of fountains at the Villa d’Este, was completed in 1568; water jets and falls were added later.

7. Nicoli Salvi. He completed the exuberant Trevi Fountain in 1762.

8. Edward H. Bennett. This memorial to Clarence Buckingham  was built in Chicago’s Grant Park in 1927.

9. Roger-Henri Expert. Along with Paul Maitre and Adolphe Thiers, the Trocadero fountains were designed for the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts et des Techniques in 1937.

10, 11, and 12. WET Design (see below).

13. Sir Edwin Lutyens. One of the post-war replacement fountains in Trafalgar Square in 1947. The sculptors were Charles Wheeler and William Macmillian.

14. Carl Nesjar. Ice Fountain in Buffalo was a top award-winner when completed in 1983.

15. Isamu Noguchi. Fountain in the Pond of Dreams was the centerpiece of the Japan World Expo in Osaka, 1970.

                                                              

WET is an acronym for Water Entertainment Technologies, the foremost spectacle fountain firm in the world. WET fountains travel far beyond a trickle, from Kuala Lumpur to Barcelona.

You may already have experienced the magic of WET. Projects range from the San Pedro Gateway, Detroit Metro Airport, The Mirage Volcano, MGM Mirage’s City Center and the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, to the Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center. The latest over-the-top project is a 32-acre animated lake, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai.

Get to know WET. It’s an unforgettable sensation.

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"Happy in all that ragged, loose collapse of water, its effortless descent and flatteries of spray."
 
- from "a Baroque Wall-Fountain in the Villa Sciarra," by Richard Wilbur, 1956.

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