Many of you have probably heard of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, and you’ve probably seen the famous Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, either in person or while watching the movie Ocean’s 11.
While there’s no doubt that these are both spectacular sights to behold however, they only represent a small percentage of the incredible fountains that you can currently find around the world. From Stockholm to Sunderland, from China to Peru, this list compiled by Victorias’Glamour showcases some of the quirkiest, the cleverest, and the most beautiful fountains we could find. Some rotate. Others light up. A few even seem to defy gravity. But one thing they all have in common is that they’re sure to leave you in awe. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite! Like what you see? Then click here to see 15+ of the most amazing sculptures from around the world!
#1 Water Boat Fountain, Valencia, Spain
Located at Playa de la Malvarrosa in Valencia, Spain and known simply as Water Boat Fountain (or Fuente del Barco de Agua in Spanish), this sculptural fountain gives the illusion of a sailboat with jets of water. There are also other water boat fountains in Portugal and Israel.
#2 Magic Tap, Cadiz, Spain
#3 Vortex Fountain ‘Charybdis’, Sunderland, UK
Charybdis was created by the water sculptor William Pye in 2000 for the luxury Seaham Hotel and Spa, near Sunderland in Northern England. Charybdis is the name of a siren mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, who was hit by a thunderbolt from Zeus that transformed her into a whirlpool as harsh punishment for stealing an oxen from Hercules. Pye later built similar sculptures influenced by the story in Oman and Campinas, Brazil.
#4 ‘The Mustangs Of Las Colinas’, Texas, USA
Mustangs at Las Colinas is a bronze sculpture by Robert Glen, that decorates Williams Square in Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. It is said to be the largest equestrian sculpture in the world. Although the Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland are the confirmed largest. The sculpture commemorates the wild mustangs that were historically important inhabitants of much of Texas. It portrays a group running through a watercourse, with fountains giving the effect of water splashed by the animals’ hooves. The horses are intended to represent the drive, initiative and unfettered lifestyle that were fundamental to the state in its pioneer days. The work was commissioned in 1976 and installed in 1984.
#5 Osaka Station Fountain-Clock, Osaka, Japan
Nothing can describe how mesmerizing the water fountain at the Osaka City Station in Japan is. The attraction, located in the South Gate Building of the new Osaka Station City complex, consist of a large rectangular water fountain that displays a digital style time read out, moving floral patterns and falling shapes in the collapsing wall of water. Designed by the local firm Koei Industry, the fountain works using a digitally controlled printer that ejects water droplets in carefully controlled patterns to reproduce images that are stored on a PC. The water droplets are illuminated by overhead lights.
#6 Banpo Bridge, Seoul, South Korea
The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain is the world’s longest bridge fountain that set a Guinness World Record with nearly 10,000 LED nozzles that run along both sides that is 1,140m long, shooting out 190 tons of water per minute. Installed in September 2009 on the Banpo Bridge, former mayor of Seoul Oh Se-hoon declared that the bridge will further beautify the city and showcase Seoul’s eco-friendliness, as the water is pumped directly from the river itself and continuously recycled. The bridge has 38 water pumps and 380 nozzles on either side, which draw 190 tons of water per minute from the river 20 meters below the deck, and shoots as far as 43 meters horizontally.
#7 ‘the Divers Fountain’, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
#8 Fountain ‘Metalmorphosis’, Charlotte, USA
Part sculpture, part fountain, part performance art, Metalmorphosis is the work of Czech sculptor David Černý. It’s 7.6m tall, weighs 14 tons, and consists of over two dozen stainless steel plates that rotate independently and periodically line up to form a massive human head. A raised pool surrounds the sculpture, and when the plates align, water pours out of the head’s mouth.
#9 Giant – Entrance To The Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds), Wattens, Austria
The Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Swarovski Kristallwelten) is a museum, located in Wattens, Austria. The museum was built in 1995 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Austria based crystal company Swarovski. The Crystal Worlds Centre is fronted by a grass-covered head, the mouth of which is a fountain. We bet you’ve never seen a fountain like this before!
#10 ‘Nine Floating Fountains’, Osaka, Japan
The Nine Floating Fountains are Japanese American artist and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi’s creation for the World Expo held in Osaka, Japan in 1970. These incredible fountains look as if they’re flying, and even though these fountains were built over 40 years ago, they are still as fascinating to behold as they were back then.
#11 Fountain “Tunnel Of Surprises”, Lima, Peru
The Túnel de las Sorpresas (Tunnel of Surprises) is a fountain in Lima’s Circuito Mágico del Agua (Magic Water Circuit), opened in 2007 at a cost of $13 million. Built within the Parque de la Reseva, a historic 19-acre (eight hectare) park, the series of 13 illuminated fountains has since proved a successful addition to Lima’s many attractions. Upon its construction, the Magic Water Circuit made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest water fountain complex in a public park. Some of the fountains are even interactive, such as the ever-popular Laberinto del Ensueño (Maze of the Dream). Getting to the center of the “maze” is more a matter of timing than navigation; a mistimed stride can land you right on top of a suddenly spewing jet of water!
#12 Mosaïcultures Internationales, Montreal, Canada (Currently Closed)
Founded in 1998 by Lise Cormier, Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal is a not-for-profit corporation that designs, mounts, and maintains mosaiculture exhibitions, gardens and works. Considered the world’s most prestigious competition of horticultural art, the event attracts some of the most impressive examples of mosaiculture from across the globe. One example is this fountain, named Mother Earth, that appeared in the 2013 exhibition.
#13 Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and the eponymous Three Coins in the Fountain. The Trevi Fountain was finished in 1762, and it was refurbished in 1998.
#14 ’71 Fountain’, Ohio, USA
This stunning giant ring-shaped fountain is located on highway 71 in Ohio, US.
#15 Nacka Fountain, Stockholm, Sweden
The “God, our Father, on the Rainbow” fountain in Nacka Strand, a suburb on the main waterway approaching central Stockholm, Sweden, was originally designed by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles as a peace monument and to celebrate the founding of the United Nations. Marshall M. Fredericks, American sculptor and assistant to C. Milles for many years, made the statue in full scale from Carl Milles’ original in bronze at Millesgården. It was erected in 1995 and stands 24 metres high.