March 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm #170626Patty Lundeen HumeParticipant
I am a water feature/ landscape designer and I am doing some research on
fountains + memory. I would appreciate it if you took my brief
survey. I will be sharing the highlights of my research on my
Link to Survey:
Patty Lundeen HumeMarch 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm #170637
nice question, thank you, Patty..I am really partial to the fountains leading up to the Phila Museum of Art, for one..Big rectangular bins of water going up the steps, on either side, great views, and all the little kids jumping in, in the heat of the summer..March 4, 2010 at 2:25 am #170636Jason T. RadiceParticipant
I don’t think I have ever seen those working. So much so, I though they were permanently out of commission!March 4, 2010 at 9:21 am #170635
Wow, Jason! embarassing! my memory is from no later than 1990, the last time I was in Philly..they worked then! I actually ‘swam’ in them myself – tried to dip my dog in, and ended up taking the plunge. They are really an odd shape for water elements..too bad they don’t go anymore..March 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm #170634Jason T. RadiceParticipant
I’ve been there many times over the past decade (I don’t live there), and have never seen them working. The urns below the museum, yes, the fountains on the stairs no. They had always been drained. Maybe they were just off for the day. I’m going up there on Saturday, I’ll have to drive by and look!March 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm #170633Landon DavidsonParticipantMarch 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm #170632ncaParticipant
I’m a pretty big fan of Halprins ‘fountains’/water features. Too bad we really cant design places like those anymore thanks to initiatives like CPTED…d’oh!..forgot this is a fountains discussion.March 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm #170631BoilerplaterParticipant
I grew up in the Philly area, and I’ve seen the ones flanking the staircase working, and the one in front in the middle of the oval. I really don’t recall a fountain at the top of the steps. I’m gonna Google some photos!March 5, 2010 at 10:32 am #170630
For sheer power and size, I’d go for the Dubai Fountain. It’s akin to three Bellagios side by side. And you can feel the throb (or is it a boom) every time it shoots its highest pulse/stream. A plus due to its location too (Burj Khalifa, Old Town Burj Dubai…er, Khalifa, and the Dubai Mall).
For sheer interactivity, Lawrence Halprin’s Ira Keller and Lovejoy Plaza fountains. The pics I often see have people crawling over these like kids on a Buddha figure. Unfortunately, pictures cannot convey the feel and sound of their crashing waters…sigh. By the way, does these count, cascades rather than fountains?
Finally, I’m a tad indecisive between the fountains of Villa d’Este and Shalimar Gardens. Both dainty, cute and pure (got no pumps there).
….the Trevi Fountain…if only because of my mom’s movie and song…
Cheers!March 5, 2010 at 10:56 am #170629
The Dubai Fountain, by the way…March 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm #170628
Your mom? Who is your mom, Rico? Dona Flor and her three Husbands? (never seen that, just geussing!)March 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm #170627
The beer’s still waiting; the answer will come with the beer. Cheers!
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