International Fountain, Seattle Center
The International Fountain is a mainstay from the World’s Fair, but was completely replaced and expanded in a $6.5 million project in 1995. As the centerpiece of the broad open space and lawn, it has been transformed from its early days of hard iron nozzles and surrounding sharp-edged, white rock. Now children can play in the fountain bowl and venture right up to the smooth silver dome. By day the fountain is a favorite lounging area and delight for young and old.
On top of its attraction to the community, the Fountain also takes care of nature. All of the water is recycled and it’s probably the cleanest in the city, with three types of treatment before it ever reaches the public.
Built: Originally in 1961 for 1962 World’s Fair
Replaced & rebuilt: 1995
Landscape Architect: Kenichi Nakano & Associates
Mechanical Designer: WET Design
Diameter of bowl: 220’
Height & width of dome: 10’ tall & 27’ wide
Water Capacity: 9,000 gallons
Water Shooters: 137 total mist nozzles, 77 fleur-de-lis', 56 microshooters, 4 Super Shooters
Height reached by Super Shooters: 120’
Water in one Super Shooter: 66 gallons
Air pressure in one Super Shooter shot: 120 psi (seattlecenter.com)