Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Completion date: 2008
Artwork budget: $1,200,000
Juan Carretero Llorente
It is the first three-dimensional fountain in the world. This state-of-the-art fountain behaves as a three-dimensional water sculpture, continually evolving in an attractive and interactive way. This project is a breakthrough in the conception of architectural fountains.
The 3D Fountain is a dry-deck 400 m² square matrix of 15 by 15 water jets, arranged in 15 parallel lines of 15 water jets each. All 225 water jets are controlled individually with accurate control over the height and position at all times. Each water jet is activated by an underwater ultrafast time response solenoid valve LI-1050.
For this project to be successful it was needed to create a new state-of-the-art technology to control the fountain elements through the use of an own designed software, multiplying in this way all functional options, making apparent the water features complexity, allowing the fountain to behave like a 'water sculpture' in three dimensions, always evolving in a different way, engaging and interactive.
This fountain was conceived and designed by Juan Carretero and developed by Lumiartecnia's engineering team. ZAV (Zaragoza Alta Velocidad), the municipality of Zaragoza and I3 architecture studio, commissioned this innovative project to Lumiartecnia with the compromise to show the possibilities of the latest technologies advances in a fountain display, and in this way integrate this 3D fountain into the ambitious urban renovation project: The Digital Mile, conceived by a MIT team of architects.
Among other innovative features the 3D fountain will be able to write letters with the water jets by opening and closing the ultrafast valves or using the whole water jets array to create legible characters sequentially spelling out a word.