A Burst of Good Fortune: Singapore's Fountain of Wealth
The Fountain of Wealth is one of the many spectacles found in the heart of the largest shopping area in Singapore, Suntec City. In 1998, the Guinness Book of Records has listed it as the largest fountain in the world, occupying more than 1,600 square meters and standing tall at the height of 13.8 meters. The entire sculpture is wrought from silicon bronze, inspired from the shapes of a Hindu Mandala. The ring, along with its leaning stems, are a symbolic representation of unity, equality and harmony. It speaks of the Singapore culture as a great brew of races and religions, as this small yet powerful country is home to people of many origins.
Created by the Melbourne, Australia based firm DCG Design, this metallic sculpture was erected in 1995 and has become one of Singapore's best tourist destinations. The ring spans about 66 meters in circumference and weighs more than 80 tons. It is also a glory to behold at ground level. The Fountain of Wealth is strategically placed in the core of Suntec City, where five high rise buildings are easily within view. These towers, somehow, represent the fingers of a left hand, somewhat emerging from the ground. Looking skywards, the scene looks like an illustrated palm of a hand.
At daytime, this outdoor fountain offers a tranquil spot in the middle of the busy, flourishing hub. The ring spouts thin lines of waters, while at the very center, liquid is shot up to 13 meters. Suntec City shoppers and workers lounge about it, enjoying the view. However, this fountain is more lovely to behold at night time; its base is filled with LED lights that glow during the evening, illuminating the area with a spectrum of colors. The bronze sculpture gives way to the purple and blue hues of the water, and onlookers discover many ways of enjoying the scene. Dancing laser lights, coupled with laser messages, charm the crowd with surprise.
With strong Feng Shui belief, the Fountain of Wealth is said to bless people with power, success and prosperity. Since its conception, Singaporeans have performed a simple ritual which will invite success into their lives. Many times a day, the fountain will be switched off. During this moment, a person must approach the smaller part of the fountain and make their wish. It is a requirement that they sink their right hand in it, and then walk around the fountain three times while murmuring their prayers over and over again. This ritual, the locals believe, will help make the wish come true. However, there is one requirement: the fountain must only be approached with good intentions.
More than just a contemporary sculpture, Singapore’s Fountain of Wealth strongly reflects the country’s desire for progress and prosperity. Alongside it is their vision of harmony; of keeping each culture, religion and race united despite the many differences, to achieve a common goal. This spectacular landmark is a must-see for every tourist, as it denotes the country’s sense of pride and beliefs, created with strong design aesthetics and deep spiritual insight.
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The Swarovski Fountain: Ahead of the Rest
If you’ve never heard of Swarovski then you’ve probably been living under a rock. Everyone in the new world knows or has seen the gorgeous crystals that the company is well known for. Swarovski specializes in luxury glass products, high end cut crystals, and intricate jewelry design. Their intimate retail stores can be found in just about every mall in North America, with the main headquarters located in Austria. The company was founded by Daniel Swarovski in 1895, after he decided to make crystals more easily accessible to people around the world. He harnessed their beauty and skillfully created masterpieces of art, jewelry, and décor. His work can be seen in the form of rings, earrings, necklaces, ornaments, loose crystals and even…a fountain. That’s right, you read that correctly, a fountain.
The Swarovski Fountain is located in the town of Wattens, Austria, just outside of Innsbruck. It operates as part of the Crystal World theme park that is also run by the Swarovski company. From the outside, the massive fountain appears to be a giant head, one reminiscent of the totem heads of Easter Island but in a rounder fashion. It was constructed in such a way that it’s become part of the surrounding landscape, actually blending into the grassy hill in which it protrudes from. The two eyes, made of Swarovski glass, shine brightly in the sunlight and the large mouth lays open to let an out pour of water fountain down into the park’s pond below.
The outside, a stunning display of ingenuity and creative undertaking, is nothing compared to what’s inside. The fountain itself is actually the home of a very unique museum of sorts. Inside, visitors of the theme park can view numerous exhibitions created using the very crystals the Swarovski company is well known for. If that’s not interesting enough for you then consider this; the moss covered head and the fountain which pours from its mouth are situated at the entrance of the exhibit. To keep the allure of the attraction natural in appearance, moss hangs heavily from the head and the hills it sits on to overhang the entire entrance along the bottom. Victors can line up outside and admire the one-of-a-kind fountain display while waiting to enter the near hidden entrance to the crystal museum.
We all can’t have spectacular outdoor fountains such as the Swarovski Fountain, but we can display some impressive pieces around the exterior of our homes and/or offices. Outdoor fountains lend a certain tranquil beauty to the space it occupies and gives visitors a sense of calming peace. Check out some fabulous and more realistic outdoor fountains here.