Water fountains are a much-celebrated piece of architecture where the water pours into a basin underneath or jets it into the air for a decorative and dramatic effect. Fountains in the olden times were only functional, connected to springs or aqueducts. Back then they were used for drinking purposes and bathing, and there weren’t any best reverse osmosis systems that could be easily installed. The first signs of water being used as decorative elements in gardens and courtyards date back to the roman empire.

The art of fountains reached a new high with the fountains of the palaces of Moorish in Spain, Italian Renaissance garden and the fountains of the Gardens of Versailles. Fountains today are increasingly being designed for recreation, and decorating of the public parks, squares, and home gardens. One of the recent trends in the fountains is the musical fountains.

A musical fountain, or the dancing fountain, is a particular category of an animated fountain, used for entertainment purposes. The musical fountains create an aesthetic design by employing the effects of timed sound waves and timed light (including laser) against water particles. The water refracts and reflects the light,  creating visual delightful three-dimensional images. Many modern cities across the globe adorn the musical fountains, some of the much-celebrated ones across the globe include:

  1. The musical fountain of Burj Khalifa is a popular fountain and world’s largest choreographed fountain system, set on a massive 30-acre manmade lake. Located in the heart of downtown Dubai, the fountain is one of the key attractions in the United Arab Emirates. This marvel was designed by WET Design, a California-based company of international repute. The jaw-dropping fountain is illuminated by 6,600 lights and surrounded by 50 colored projectors. The musical fountain is 275 m long and shoots water up to 500 ft high in the air accompanied by music. A range of soothing music can be a blissful experience. Building the musical fountain consumed USD $218 million. The fountain was officially inaugurated on 8 May 2009 along with the official opening ceremony of The Dubai Mall and has been delighting visitors since then.
  2. Lotte World Musical Fountain is the world’s tallest indoor fountain located in Busan, Spain. The fountain opened in the year 2010 inside the Gwangbok Lotte Department Store in Busan. Within three weeks of its opening, a whooping, 500,000 people visited the place. Today, the famous fountain sees around 20,000 visitors a day and ranks as Busan’s most popular tourist attraction. The hi-tech display of the fountain includes a well-choreographed sound, light and color schemes playing 16 different songs in the background.
  3. Aquanura, Efteling fountain, is a famous fountain at the Netherlands’ historic Efteling theme park were built in the year 2012, to celebrate the park’s 60th anniversary. Comprising of 200 fountains and 900 lights, all forming a grid-like structure, are blissful to watch. The park’s daily famous aquanura water show combines light, water and elements of fire along with a soundtrack composed by the Brabant Orchestra. The tourist attraction on an average amuses 6,500 spectators every single day.
  4. 4.Grand Haven Musical Fountain, Michigan: This spectacular musical fountain displays water and lights in a synchronized way, at Michigan located on Dewey Hill on the north shore of the Grand River. Many themes are used in the fountain’s performances. The fountain’s narration takes on personas ranging from a 12-year-old girl to a grown man. Fountain viewing is estimated at around 10,000 annually.

Music and water have long been used together to create magical experiences.