35+ Of The World’s Most Amazing Fountains

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 Architecture & Design 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. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite! Like what you see? Then click here to see 25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World!

01. 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)

Image credits: Alfredo Castillo (Tato Fredy) 

02. 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… Read More

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03. ‘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)

04. 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)

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05. 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!

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06. 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… Read More

Image credits: William Pye 

07. 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)

Image credits: Edgar Moskopp

08. ‘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)

Image credits: Isamu Noguchi

09. 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 meters (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… Read More

Image credits: John Cavacas

10. ‘the Divers Fountain’, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This incredible 24-metre tall water feature can be found in The Dubai Mall in the United Arab Emirates. Adorned with fiberglass sculptures of divers, and traversing all four levels of the indoor shopping precinct, The Waterfall was designed by Singapore-based DPA Architects and was opened in 2009. (source: emirates247)

11. Cascades Of Hercules Monument, Kassel, Germany

The Water features and Hercules within the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is a monumental Baroque and Romantic garden landscape. Water descends from the Giant statue of Hercules, passing a water-wheel-powered organ, various fountains, waterfalls, basins and grottoes.The dramatic water displays were laid out by Landgrave Carl of Hesse-Kassel from 1689 onwards, to display his power as an absolute ruler. He derived his ideas from Italian, French and English examples of garden art. The Italian architect Giovanni Francesco Guerniero was hired for the design. (source: worldheritagesite)

Image credits: Dirk Schmidt 

12. ‘Rainman’, Florence, Italy

Rainman (L’Uomo della Pioggia) is a contemporary masterpiece and was a gift to the City of Florence, done by the artist Jean-Michel Folon, short before Florence Social Forum of November 6-9, 2002. The bronze man stands over 3 meters high and the water falls down the summit of the statue, in the shape of an umbrella. It is located in the middle of a crossroad between Lungarno Aldo Moro and viale Enrico de’ Nicola, not far from Ponte di Varlungo.

13. Mosaïcultures Internationales, Montreal, Canada (Currently Closed)

Founded in 1998 by Lise Cormier, Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal is a not-for-profit corporation that designs, mounts, and maintains mosaiculture exhibitions, gardens and works. Considered the world’s most prestigious competition of horticultural art, the event attracts some of the most impressive examples of mosaiculture from across the globe. One example is this fountain, named Mother Earth, that appeared in the 2013 exhibition.  (source: mosaïcultures internationales de montréal)

Image credits: Guenther Schwermer

14. Fountain “Tunnel Of Surprises”, Lima, Peru

The Túnel de las Sorpresas (Tunnel of Surprises) is a fountain in Lima’s Circuito Mágico del Agua (Magic Water Circuit), opened in 2007 at a cost of $13 million. Built within the Parque de la Reseva, a historic 19-acre (eight hectare) park, the series of 13 illuminated fountains has since proved a successful addition to Lima’s many attractions. Upon its construction, the Magic Water Circuit made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest water fountain complex in a public park. Some of the fountains are even interactive, such as the ever-popular Laberinto del Ensueño (Maze of the Dream). Getting to the center of the “maze” is more a matter of timing than navigation; a mistimed stride can land you right on top of a suddenly spewing jet of water! (source: howtoperu)

Image credits: Gustavo V,Fernando Revilla 

15. Fountain ‘Metalmorphosis’, Charlotte, USA

Part sculpture, part fountain, part performance art, Metalmorphosis is the work of Czech sculptor David Černý. It’s 7.6m tall, weighs 14 tons, and consists of over two dozen stainless steel plates that rotate independently and periodically line up to form a massive human head. A raised pool surrounds the sculpture, and when the plates align, water pours out of the head’s mouth. (source: charlottefountains)

Image credits: Rick_28105 

16. Keller Fountain, Portland, Oregon, USA

Keller Fountain Park is a city park in downtown Portland, Oregon, which opened in 1970. The central feature of the park is the concrete water fountain. Keller Fountain is often noted as a memorable feature of the public landscape in downtown Portland, and in 1999 was awarded a medallion from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The fountain was designed by Angela Danadjieva using inspiration from waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge located east of Portland. (source: wikipedia)

Image credits: Jeff Day

17. Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Fountain, Ancient City, Thailand

This incredibly ornate fountain can be found in Thailand. It’s situated in a park called Ancient Siam (also known as Ancient City or Mueang Boran). Built in 1963, Ancient Siam is dubbed the world’s largest outdoor museum, and the 320-hectare ‘city’ features 116 structures of Thailand’s famous monuments and architectural attractions. (source: wikipedia)

Image credits: Dale Derham Smith 

18. Fountain At The Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History & Culture, Washington, D.C., USA

This beautiful portal-like fountain can be found at the Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C, USA

Image credits: Brad Feinknopf 

19. Nacka Fountain, Stockholm, Sweden

The “God, our Father, on the Rainbow” fountain in Nacka Strand, a suburb on the main waterway approaching central Stockholm, Sweden, was originally designed by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles as a peace monument and to celebrate the founding of the United Nations. Marshall M. Fredericks, American sculptor and assistant to C. Milles for many years, made the statue in full scale from Carl Milles’ original in bronze at Millesgården. It was erected in 1995 and stands 24 metres high. (travelbuddy)

Image credits: Henrik Sundholm 

20. ’71 Fountain’, Ohio, USA

This stunning giant ring-shaped fountain is located on highway 71 in Ohio, US.

Image credits: Kyle Wood

21. Julie Penrose Fountain, Colorado Springs, USA

Designed by David Barber and Bill Burgess, The Julie Penrose fountain at America The Beautiful park is an open loop of silvery-colored steel panels outfitted with 366 water jets that line the interior contours of the form. It sits on a hidden turntable so that it’s able to rotate every fifteen minutes. The fountain represents the life-giving movement of water between the atmosphere and the earth. Completed in 2007, the piece weighs 24 tons and is the size of a four-story building. (source: coloradosprings.govwestword)

Image credits: Chris Coleman

22. Fountain Of Montjuïc Palace, Barcelona, Spain

The magic fountain of Montjuïc (Font màgica de Montjuïc) is a spectacular display of colour, light, motion, music and water acrobatics located at the head of Avinguda Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed by Carles Buïgas, the fountain is situated below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc mountain and near the Plaça d’Espanya and Poble Espanyol de Barcelona. The fountain, like most of the surrounding developments, was constructed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. (source: wikipediabarcelona-tourist-guide)

23. Unisphere Fountain, New York, USA

The Unisphere is a spherical stainless steel representation of the Earth, located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the borough of Queens, New York City. The sphere, which measures 120 feet (37 m) in diameter, was commissioned as part of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The Unisphere is one of the borough’s most iconic and enduring symbols. Commissioned to celebrate the beginning of the space age, the Unisphere was conceived and constructed as the theme symbol of the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair. The theme of the World’s Fair was “Peace Through Understanding” and the Unisphere represented the theme of global interdependence. It was dedicated to “Man’s Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe”. (source: wikipedia)

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24. The Fountain Of Wealth, Suntec City, Singapore

The Fountain of Wealth is located in one of Singapore’s largest shopping malls, Suntec City, and was constructed in 1995. A symbol of wealth and life, the Fountain Of Wealth is recognized since 1998 by the Guinness Book Of World Records as the World’s Largest Fountain. The bronze ring of the fountain is designed based on the Hindu Mandala, meaning universe, and is a symbolic representation of the oneness in spirit and unity and further symbolizes the equality and harmony of all races and religions in Singapore.

The fountain is made of silicon bronze, and consists of a circular ring with a circumference of 66 metres supported on four large slanted columns. It occupies an area of 1683.07 square metres, with a height of 13.8m. The sand cast silicon bronze, including all formwork and patternmaking was designed,manufactured and installed by DCG Design and Meridian Projects (from Melbourne Australia) in 1995. The base area of the fountain is 1,683 square metres. In the design plan of Suntec City, where the five tower blocks represent the fingers and thumb of a left hand emerging from the ground, the fountain forms the palm of the hand.

Apart from the jets of water cascading down from the ring, the centre of the fountain also boasts a medium-sized water screen, used for nightly laser shows, as well as a large jet of water which is occasionally turned on, and spouts higher than the top of the ring. (source: wikipedia)

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25. Oval Fountain In Villa D’este, Rome, Italy

The Villa d’Este is a 16th-century villa in Tivoli, near Rome, famous for its terraced hillside Italian Renaissance garden and especially for its profusion of fountains. It is now an Italian state museum, and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The Oval Fountain was one of the first fountains in the garden, and among the most famous. It was designed by Pirro Ligorio, the architect of the villa, as a water theater, spraying water in variety of forms. It was begun in 1565 and finished in 1570. (source: wikipedia)

Image credits: Ariel Di Capua 

26. ‘la Joute’, Montreal, Canada

La Joute (“the joust”) (1969) is a public sculptural installation by Quebec artist Jean-Paul Riopelle, a member of the Automatiste movement. It is currently located in Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle in the Quartier international de Montréal.

The ensemble of bronze sculptures contains a central fountain surrounded by a number of freestanding abstract animal and human figures inside and outside the fountain basin. The fountain operates on a kinetic sequence that takes about 32 minutes to complete. It begins a few minutes before the half-hour, every hour from 7 to 11 p.m. during the summer. The sequence starts when the fountain jet expands to form a dome over the sculptures. Then at the back end of the park the grates on the ground start to mist. The 12 grates each mist, one after the other in sequence, taking about 90 seconds to sequence from one to another until they reach the fountain. After about 18 minutes, machines inside the fountain start to produce a particularly dense cloud. The fountain jet then turns into a dribble. On the hour, nozzles in a ring surrounding the central sculpture within the basin shoot up jets of natural gas through the water; these are lit by flame sources installed in the daises of some of the sculptures, producing a dramatic ring of flame. The flame lasts for about seven minutes. The fountain itself stops. The misting stops, and then the fire is “doused” by the fountain which has restarted. The mist sequence, without the fire in the fountain, occurs every hour throughout the day. (source: wikipedia)

Image credits: Scott Shingler Photography 

27. The Pineapple Fountain, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

The Pineapple Fountain is a focal point of the Charleston Waterfront Park, which people have been enjoying since it opened in 1990. Pineapple motifs are common in Charleston because they represent hospitality. (source: sciway.net)

Image credits: Chris Harnish 

28. King Fahd’s Fountain (Tallest In The World), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

King Fahd’s Fountain, also known as the Jeddah Fountain, is a fountain in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the tallest of its type in the world. The fountain was donated to the city of Jeddah by King Fahd, hence its name. It was constructed between 1980 and 1983 and was launched in 1985.

Located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, the fountain jets water to a maximum height, according to different sources, of anywhere between 260 metres (853 ft) and 312 m (1,024 ft) above the Red Sea. The fountain is visible throughout the vicinity of Jeddah. The water it ejects can reach a speed of 375 km/h (233 mph), and it uses saltwater taken from the Red Sea instead of freshwater. Over 500 spotlights illuminate the fountain at night. (source: wikipedia)

Image credits: Ferdinand Reus 

29. Stravinsky Fountain, Paris, France

The Stravinsky Fountain (French: La Fontaine Stravinsky) is a whimsical public fountain ornamented with sixteen works of sculpture, moving and spraying water, representing the works of composer Igor Stravinsky. It was created in 1983 by sculptors Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, and is located on Place Stravinsky, next to the Centre Pompidou, in Paris. (source: wikipedia)

Image credits: Rostislav Bychkov 

30. The Fountains Of Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Bellagio is a resort, luxury hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It’s well known for the Fountains of Bellagio, a vast, choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music. The fountains are set in a 8-acre (3.2 ha) manmade lake and it is estimated that the fountains cost $40 million to build. The fountains were created by WET, a design firm specializing in inventive fountains and architectural water features. This fountain was the largest fountain in the world when it first opened but then surpassed by Dubai Bay fountain and Okada Manila in 2010 and 2017 respectively. (source: wikipedia)

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