International Fountain, Seattle

International Fountain, Seattle

The International Fountain underwent a thorough renovation in July 2021, following a three-month closure. The renovation included the replacement of 56 out of the fountain's 274 water jets, the installation of vibrant LED lighting, and the re-caulking of 5,000 feet of sealant around the large metal water dome. Additionally, the technology and electrical systems were upgraded.

Originally built as a prominent feature for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, the fountain was designed to evoke the spirit of outer space exploration. The presence of protruding nozzles and jagged, irregular white rocks surrounding the original silver metal dome aimed to create a "lunar landscape" ambiance. However, these elements made the fountain less accessible to visitors. In a rebuild carried out in 1995, the nozzles and rocks were removed, and numerous flat jets were installed on the new stainless steel dome's surface. This modification allowed for more interactive play and engagement. Consequently, the fountain quickly became a focal point of the grounds, with children splashing in its basin and attempting to outwit its super shooters.

The recent maintenance work focused on updating the mechanical components of the fountain, ensuring its longevity as a beloved attraction for the community well into the future.

It is worth noting that the International Fountain also prioritizes environmental stewardship. The fountain operates with a water recycling system and undergoes three types of natural treatment processes before the water reaches the public, making it perhaps the cleanest water feature in the city.

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Sight Name: International Fountain
Sight Location: Seattle, USA (See walking tours in Seattle)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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