The Amazing Fountain of Ibirapuera Park

Posted on August 16, 2006 at 12:23 AM

Completed in 2004 to commemorate the 450th birthday of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Fountain is located in Ibirapuera Park, which is comparable in size to New York City's Central Park. While this fountain might not be the largest fountain in the world, it is definitely one of the most amazing this blog has (virtually) seen.

If you're wondering how much water this fountain moves it is reported to be in the range of 61,000 liters of water per minute. I think that definitely qualifies to be in the assload of water category.

[For those unable to see the video above, here is a direct link to the video on YouTube]

Absolutely memorizing isn't it?

ranting side note: Why couldn't Omaha build something like this instead of spending $100 million+ on an ugly over-pass and a bridge that leads to no where Riverfront pedestrian Bridge?

The only other fountain I've seen that might be able to touch this would be The Fountains of Bellagio situated in front of the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. Now it doesn't quite capture the imagination like the Ibirapuera Fountain, but what the Bellagio fountain does offer is immense scale and the fact it is situated in front of one of the most beautiful properties in all of Las Vegas.

To put the massive scale of this fountain in perspective, it has 1200 jets capable of propelling water 240 feet into the air and is able to have 17,000 gallons of water in the air at any one time.

This blog was in Vegas a few months back and was able to witness the Fountains of Bellagio firsthand and took the following picture:

click image above to enlarge

Nonetheless, it's still a wonder to behold.

ed note: I would be remiss in not mentioning the third most amazing fountain I've ever seen powered solely by Mentos (the "fresh maker" for those in the know) and Diet Coke:


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