When fountains originated, they were practical structures providing water for drinking and bathing, and relying on gravity to bring the water down to a container, natural or constructed, within reach of the thirsty, hot or dirty people and animals.
Over the centuries, fountains have developed technically and artistically, and there are many memorable ones around the world. Pumps have been added to fire the water into the air, lights have been added to provide colour and music has been added to emphasis and enhance the fountains’ features.
In Europe one of the best known dancing fountains is the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. This famous, colourful water display was built in 1929 but suffered damage during the Civil War and was not renovated until 1955. In the 1980s it was given some dancing lessons and it later received a major facelift in preparation for Barcelona’s hosting of the Olympics in 1992.
In Budapest, there is a very lively fountain that is believed to be trying to compete with Barcelona’s Magic Fountain.
In a massive renovation and enlargement in 2013, the water was trained to dance to a wider variety of music. The playlist now contains popular music as well as classical, and includes pieces with local relevance, such as the Blue Danube Waltz and George Ezra’s Budapest.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 21 June 2016
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