FOUNTAINS OF THE BURJ: I live close to a fountain here in Vienna, and usually pass by it every day. On warm days I don’t even mind when the wind blows the spray in my direction. It’s quite pleasant to be honest. It got me to thinking about some really epic fountains though.
I found the alleged ‘Top 10 Most Incredible Fountains’ on Earth on Environmental Graffiti’s website. Ranking at #2, the Burj Kalifa fountain in Dubai is certainly no small sight.
It is amongst the most technologically advanced fountains in the world and cost an estimated $218 million. So although it’s only been around for four years (it was unveiled in May 2009), it certainly managed to prove that technology and modernity can meld together to produce something awe-inspiring.
The fountain, although similar to the famous Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, is 25% bigger and has a spray which reaches the same height as a 50 story building. Now that is something you have to see.
The lighted water show is a vision though and that’s what most important to remember. After all, it’s the dramatic, powerful beauty of the image that brought it here in the first place. Something about water shooting up from a station placed in a large body of water is fantastical. It makes you want, or even need to see it in person to believe in its beauty. So I’ll try and make it to Dubai at some point in the future, if only to catch a glimpse of this (and the city’s many other architectural wonders).
This image was sourced from Environmental Graffiti’s website.