Many of you have probably heard of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, and you’ve probably seen the famous Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, either in person or while watching the movie Ocean’s 11.
While there’s no doubt that these are both spectacular sights to behold however, they only represent a small percentage of the incredible fountains that you can currently find around the world. From Stockholm to Sunderland, from China to Peru, this list compiled by Bored Panda showcases some of the quirkiest, the cleverest, and the most beautiful fountains we could find. Some rotate. Others light up. A few even seem to defy gravity. But one thing they all have in common is that they’re sure to leave you in awe.
Water Boat Fountain, Valencia, Spain
Located at Playa de la Malvarrosa in Valencia, Spain and known simply as Water Boat Fountain (or Fuente del Barco de Agua in Spanish), this sculptural fountain gives the illusion of a sailboat with jets of water. There are also other water boat fountains in Portugal and Israel. (source: notesontheroad)
Osaka Station Fountain-Clock, Osaka, Japan
Nothing can describe how mesmerizing the water fountain at the Osaka City Station in Japan is. The attraction, located in the South Gate Building of the new Osaka Station City complex, consist of a large rectangular water fountain that displays a digital style time read out, moving floral patterns and falling shapes in the collapsing wall of water. Designed by the local firm Koei Industry, the fountain works using a digitally controlled printer that ejects water droplets in carefully controlled patterns to reproduce images that are stored on a PC. The water droplets are illuminated by overhead lights. (source: amusingplanet)
‘The Mustangs Of Las Colinas’, Texas, USA
Mustangs at 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. Although the Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland are the confirmed largest. The sculpture commemorates the wild mustangs that were historically important inhabitants of much of Texas. It portrays a group running through a watercourse, with fountains giving the effect of water splashed by the animals’ hooves. The horses are intended to represent the drive, initiative and unfettered lifestyle that were fundamental to the state in its pioneer days. The work was commissioned in 1976 and installed in 1984. (source: wikipedia)
Banpo Bridge, Seoul, South Korea
The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain is the world’s longest bridge fountain that set a Guinness World Record with nearly 10,000 LED nozzles that run along both sides that is 1,140m long, shooting out 190 tons of water per minute. Installed in September 2009 on the Banpo Bridge, former mayor of Seoul Oh Se-hoon declared that the bridge will further beautify the city and showcase Seoul’s eco-friendliness, as the water is pumped directly from the river itself and continuously recycled. The bridge has 38 water pumps and 380 nozzles on either side, which draw 190 tons of water per minute from the river 20 meters below the deck, and shoots as far as 43 meters horizontally. (source: wikipedia
Magic Tap, Cadiz, Spain
This “Magic Tap” can be found at Aqualand in Cadiz, Spain. At first glance it looks as if the tap is levitating, but upon closer inspection you’ll find that there’s actually a pipe hidden in the stream of water that’s holding up the entire structure. Still looks pretty cool though!
Vortex Fountain ‘Charybdis’, Sunderland, UK
Charybdis was created by the water sculptor William Pye in 2000 for the luxury Seaham Hotel and Spa, near Sunderland in Northern England. Charybdis is the name of a siren mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, who was hit by a thunderbolt from Zeus that transformed her into a whirlpool as harsh punishment for stealing an oxen from Hercules. Pye later built similar sculptures influenced by the story in Oman and Campinas, Brazil. (source: atlasobscura)
Giant – Entrance To The Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds), Wattens, Austria
The Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Swarovski Kristallwelten) is a museum, located in Wattens, Austria. The museum was built in 1995 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Austria based crystal company Swarovski. The Crystal Worlds Centre is fronted by a grass-covered head, the mouth of which is a fountain. We bet you’ve never seen a fountain like this before! (source: wikipedia)
‘Nine Floating Fountains’, Osaka, Japan
The Nine Floating Fountains are Japanese American artist and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi’s creation for the World Expo held in Osaka, Japan in 1970. These incredible fountains look as if they’re flying, and even though these fountains were built over 40 years ago, they are still as fascinating to behold as they were back then. (source: serenityhealth)
Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and the eponymous Three Coins in the Fountain. The Trevi Fountain was finished in 1762, and it was refurbished in 1998. (source: wikipedia)
‘The Divers Fountain’, Dubai, United Arab Emirates