Saturday, August 4, 2012

Magical Floating Faucet Fountains

The floating tap fountain is a clever illusion. It consist of a faucet mysteriously hovering above a pool or basin with an endless supply of water gushing out of it from seemingly nowhere. The faucet remains surprisingly steady despite having no visible support and where is all this water coming from? This spectacular effect is achieved by a transparent tube in the middle of the water column that holds the tap in place and, at the same time, keeps feeding it with water pumped from below. The water goes up through the tube and exits at the top. The water column, which is usually turbulent, effectively hides the tube from view.

Several giant floating tap fountains can be found around Spain, Belgium, US, Canada and other parts of the world. Some are permanent installation, others are temporary art pieces. The one below is located at Aqualand, Puerto de Santa María, Spain.

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Another one is seen at a public park in Olivenza, Spain.  Photo credit

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And yet another at Santa Galdana, Menorca, Spain. Photo credit

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This one is at Ypres, Belgium. Photo credit

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A temporary magic tap was installed at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, London, UK. Photo credit

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A magic tap at an unknown location in Switzerland.  Photo credit

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Magic faucet in Wisconsin, USA.  Photo credit

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Magic faucet at Aquafest, Grand Bend, Canada.  Photo credit

Have you seen gigantic magic faucet fountains anywhere else? Tell us where and submit a photo.

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5 comments:

  1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/overtonm/5481290723/
    this is similar and amusing too

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  2. Looks like the rock is floating on top of the fountain. A nice twist to the illusion.

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  3. questo è troppo

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  4. I don't have a pic but there's one in front of the Ripleys Believe it or Not museum in Gatlinburg, Tenn....Smokey Mountain National Park!

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