Charlotte – Cooling Off

The Green, a park in Uptown, has the coolest fountain in Charlotte, quite literally. There are banks of water jets in the pavement, and they fire in sequence. Each fish’s mouth also spews water in its turn. The whole routine culminates in an all-fins-on-deck water show, and then the sequence repeats.

This is the perfect place for kids to splash, Spring, Summer, or Fall.

Charlotte – Cooling Off

Spouting Water

The Crown Fountain in Millennium Park consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out.

Plensa, the designer, adapted this practice by having faces of Chicago citizens projected on LED screens and having water flow through an outlet in the screen to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths. The collection of faces, Plensa’s tribute to Chicagoans, was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents.

A little girl seems to enjoy a shower in the fountain ….

Spouting Water

Spouting Water

A Face on a Fountain

Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park is a major addition to the city’s world-renowned public art collection.

The fountain consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out.

A Face on a Waterfall

A Face on a Fountain