How many of you know the most beautiful fountains in the world? They exist in the world truly impressive monumental masterpieces, truly spectacular places to admire in Japan, Spain, Germany, the United States, in short, in almost all corners of the planet. Some fountains are really extravagant, others illusory, others still made according to the canons of more contemporary art. Some light up, some rotate, some still defy gravity. We are therefore confident that all these will certainly leave you speechless! Here are the 20 most beautiful fountains in the world:
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20 - 71 Fountain, Ohio, USA
A wonderful fountain a giant ring shape. An amazing work of contemporary art located on Highway 71 in Ohio, United States. A masterpiece to be admired absolutely if you are nearby.
19 - Nacka Fountain, Stockholm, Sweden
The fountain-sculpture God, Our Father on the Rainbow, that is: God, our Father on the rainbow, was designed in 1946 by the Swedish sculptor Carl Miles as peace monument to celebrate the founding of the United Nations. The American sculptor and C. Miles' assistant for many years, Marshall M. Fredericks, made the full-scale statue of the original in bronze. The fountain is located in the main street of central Stockholm, in Sweden.
18 - Fountain At The Smithsonian, Washington, DC, USA
A beautiful one cylindrical fountain from which water rains which ends up in a swimming pool in the center of the room, coming from a skylight placed at the top. The water creates a sound similar to white noise, creating a extraordinary feeling of relaxation and calm. Some tourists even start singing, as if it were an accompaniment to music, others sit in silence, observing the water and its constantly changing descent, a place of deep meditation that is located at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, USA.
17 - Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Fountain, Ancient City, Thailand
Un riot of colors and magnificence, an amazingly fountain decorated with dragons on the side and a large Buddha in the center. It is located in Thailand, in a park called Ancient Siam, also known as Ancient City or Mueang Boran. The park was built in 1963, and is considered the largest open-air museum in the world with its 320 hectares and its 116 structures of monuments and typical Thai architectural attractions.
16 - Keller Fountain, Portland, Oregon, USA
A beautiful fountain located inside the Keller Fountain Park, in the downtown area of Portland. Fountain, monument symbol of the park, was designed by Angela Danadjieva, inspired by the falls of the Columbia River Gorge, east of Portland. Additionally, in 1999, the fountain received a medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects for its architectural and landscape beauty.
15 - Fountain Metalmorphosis, Charlotte, USA
Partly an incredible sculpture and partly a fountain, Metalmorphosis is a work of the Czech sculptor David Černý. Almost 8 meters high and 14 tons heavy, it is made up of two dozen steel plates stainless steel that rotate independently and periodically align to form a huge human head. A raised pool surrounds the sculpture and as the plates line up, water flows out of the mouth of the head.
14 - Tunnel Of Surprises, Lima, Peru
The "Tunnel of Surprises" is a fountain in the Circuito Màgico del Agua (Magic Water Circuit), in Lima, opened in 2007 at a cost of 13 million dollars. Built within the Parque de la Reseva, a historic 8-hectare park, it consists of one series of 13 illuminated fountains; entered the Guinness of Records as the largest complex of fountains in a public park. Some of these are interactive, such as the Laberinto del Ensueño (Maze of the Dream). Getting to the center of the labyrinth is more a question of timing than of path; one wrong step can make you land right on top of a suddenly spitting jet of water!
13 - Mother Earth, Mosaïcultures Internationales, Montreal, Canada
An incredible fountain called "Mother Earth", which appeared in the 2013 edition of the Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal exhibition. Founded in 1998 by Lise Cormier, Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal is a non-profit company that designs, assembles and manages exhibitions, gardens and mosaic works. The event is considered one of the "contests" of the most prestigious horticultural art in the world, and attracts some of the most impressive examples of mosaic culture from around the world.
On the occasion of the 2013 edition, the fountain visible in the photo was presented, which enters our ranking by right.
12 - The rain man, Florence, Italy
The Rain Man is a contemporary art masterpiece designed, created and given as a gift to the city of Florence by the artist Jean-Michel Folon, shortly before the Social Forum in Florence on November 6-9, 2002. The Bronze Man stands 3 meters high and water flows down from the top of the statue, in the shape of an umbrella. It is located in the middle of an intersection between Lungarno Aldo Moro and Viale Enrico de 'Nicola, not far from the Varlungo Bridge.
11 - Cascades Of Hercules Monument, Kassel, Germany
The monument of the Falls of Hercules inside the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, is undoubtedly an evocative Baroque and romantic landscape. Water flows from the giant statue of Hercules, passing by a water wheel organ, various fountains, waterfalls, basins and caves. The water shows were set up by Landgrave Carl of Hesse-Kassel from 1689 onwards, to show his power, just like an absolute ruler. The idea came to him taking inspiration from various Italian, French and English examples of garden art. The Italian architect Giovanni Francesco Guerniero was hired for the design.
10 - The Divers Fountain, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
An extraordinary 24 meters high water fountain, located in the Dubai Mall in the United Arab Emirates. The work is characterized by fiberglass sculptures of divers traversing all four levels of indoor shopping spaces. The fountain was designed by Singapore-based DPA Architects, and opened in 2009.
9 - Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
An all-Italian masterpiece in the Eternal City, in the Trevi district. It was designed by the Italian architect Nicola Salvi and later completed by Pietro Bracci. It has a height of 26,3 meters and a width of 49,15 meters, conquering the primacy of the city's Baroque fountain and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The monument was in fact the protagonist of several very famous films including "La Dolce Vita" by Federico Fellini and "Three Coins in the Fountain". The Trevi Fountain was finished in 1762 and renovated in 1998. In 2015 it reappeared even more beautiful thanks to a restoration carried out by the Roman fashion house Fendi.
8 - Nine Floating Fountains, Osaka, Japan
The "Nine Floating Fountains" is a stunning creation by Japanese landscape architect Isamu Noguchi, created for the World Expo held in Osaka, Japan in 1970. These incredible fountains seem to fly, and even though they were built over 40 years ago, they still have the exact same charm today as they did then.
7 - Giant - Entrance of the Swarovski Kristallwelten, Wattens, Austria
The Swarovski Crystal World is a museum located in Wattens, Austria. it was built in 1995 on the occasion of the centenary of the famous Austrian crystal company Swarovski. The striking Crystal Worlds Center is fronted by a head covered with grass, whose mouth is just a fountain. A fantastic attraction created by André Heller.
6 - Vortex Fountain Charybdis, Sunderland, UK
The fountain was created by water sculptor William Pye in 2000 for the luxurious Seaham Hotel and Spa, near Sunderland, in the north of England. Charybdis is the name of a mermaid mentioned in Homer's Odyssey, that she was struck by a lightning bolt from Zeus, which turned her into a whirlpool as a harsh punishment for stealing an ox from Hercules. Later, Pye built similar sculptures influenced by the history of Oman and Campinas, Brazil.
5 - Magic Tap, Cadiz, Spain
Literally translated as "Magic Tap", this bizarre fountain is located in Aqualand, Cadiz, Spain. At first glance it looks like a faucet floating in the air, but if you take a closer look, you can see that there is actually a hidden pipe in the water flow that holds the entire structure. In fact, it consists of a mysteriously suspended over a swimming pool with an endless supply of water gushing out of it, seemingly out of nowhere. The faucet remains surprisingly stable despite having no visible support. This spectacular effect è obtained from a transparent tube in the center of the water column which keeps the tap in place and, at the same time, continues to feed it with water pumped from below. The water rises through the pipe and exits from the top.
4 - Banpo Bridge, Seoul, South Korea
The Rainbow Fountain in the Moonlight is there longest fountain-bridge in the world, setting a Guinness World Record with nearly 10.000 LED nozzles running along the sides for 1.140m in length, firing 190 tons of water per minute. Installed in September 2009 on the Banpo Bridge, former Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon said the bridge will make the city even more beautiful and showcase theeco-friendliness of Seoul, as the water is pumped directly from the river itself and continuously recycled. The bridge has 38 water pumps and 380 nozzles on both sides, which draw 190 tons of water per minute from the river 20 meters below the bridge and shoot up to 43 meters horizontally.
3 - The Mustangs Of Las Colinas, Texas, USA
The "Wild Horses of Las Colinas" is a bronze sculpture by Robert Glen that decorates Williams Square in Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. It is said to be the largest equestrian sculpture in the world.
The sculpture commemorates the wild horses that were historically important inhabitants of much of Texas. It depicts a group of horses running across a stream, with fountains that give the effect of water splashed by the hooves of the animals. Horses are meant to represent the drive, initiative and limitless lifestyle, representative of the state in its pioneer days. The work was commissioned in 1976 and installed in 1984.
2 - Osaka Station Fountain-Clock, Osaka, Japan
A spectacular fountain located in Osaka Station, Japan, more precisely in the South Gate Building of the new Osaka Station City complex, consists of a large rectangular fountain showing a digital time reading with moving floral motifs and shapes that fall along the water wall. Designed by local firm Koei Industry, the fountain works using a digitally controlled printer that ejects water droplets with carefully controlled patterns to reproduce images stored on a PC. The water droplets are illuminated by ambient lights.
1 - Water Boat Fountain, Valencia, Spain
The Fuente del Barco de Agua is a spectacular fountain in the shape of a boat, located at the Malvarrosa beach in Valencia, Spain, where the America's Cup was held. This beautiful sculptural fountain gives the illusion of a sailboat with water jets. Really impressive.