Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Barcelona: The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Initially designed as a centerpiece for the 1929 Universal Exhibition, 
the Magic Fountain was originally dismissed as being far too daring and unrealistic project. 
But architect Carles Buigas was determined 
and would not give up on his dream of an extravagant, outlandish design. 
Eventually he won his case and with the help of 3000 workers 
his grand vision began to take shape and was unveiled on the 19th of May that year. 

The masterpiece delighted and amazed the public and continues to do so even today.
Unfortunately, Buigas’s architectural gem was damaged during the Spanish Civil War, 
fell into disrepair and was out of use from 1955 until the 1970s. 
But luckily, and to the public’s delight, the fountain was meticulously restored 
and even awarded a special makeover for Barcelona’s 1992 Olympic Games.

The incorporation of music gave the Font Màgica de Montjuïc 
an even greater dramatic effect 
and today its 3,620 pirouetting jets of water and an endless array of ‘dancing’ movements work with the music, 
to culminate in a truly inspiring performance.

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