Fountain FAQs:

Q: Were fountains originally purely functional?

A: Yes, and connected to springs or aqueducts and used to provide drinking water and water for bathing and washing to the residents of cities, towns and villages.

Q: Were fountains built in the United States?

A: Yes, and connected to the first aqueducts bringing drinking water from outside the city.

Q: Are fountains used today to decorate city parks and squares?

A: Yes, to honor individuals or events; for recreation and for entertainment.

Q: Are fountains also referred to as interactive fountains?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a fountain in three parts?

A: Yes.

Q: Are fountains usually found in public places?

A: Yes, and like schools, rest areas, libraries, and grocery stores.

Q: Is a fountain composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a fountain designed to provide drinking water and has a basin arrangement with either continuously running water or a tap?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a fountain the largest and most spectacular of Rome's fountains?

A: Yes, and designed to glorify the three different Popes who created it.

Q: Are fountains connected to two different aqueducts?

A: Yes, and in case one was shut down for service.

Q: Are fountains designed to allow easy access?

A: Yes, and feature nonslip surfaces, and have no standing water, to eliminate possible drowning hazards, so that no lifeguards or supervision is required.

Q: Were fountains built in Paris between 1900 and 1940?

A: Yes, nine new fountains between 1900 and 1910; four between 1920 and 1930; and fifteen between 1930 and 1940.

Q: Are fountains published on the FindaFountain website?

A: Yes.

Q: Were fountains made of stone or marble?

A: Yes, and with water flowing through bronze pipes and emerging from the mouth of a sculpted mask that represented the head of a lion or the muzzle of an animal.

Q: Were fountains the centerpieces of the Gardens of Versailles?

A: Yes, and both taken from the myths about Apollo, the sun god, the emblem of Louis XIV, and both symbolizing his power.

Q: Were fountains the work of the descendants of Tommaso Francini?

A: Yes, and the Italian hydraulic engineer who had come to France during the time of Henry IV and built the Medici Fountain and the Fountain of Diana at Fontainebleau.

Q: Is a fountain true music, naturally created ..?

A: Yes, made by water which falls with great violence into a cave, rounded and vaulted, and agitates the air, which is forced to exit through the pipes of an organ.

Q: Is a fountain oriented so that the Sun God rises from the west and travels east toward the chateau?

A: Yes, and in contradiction to nature.

Q: Were fountains ever actually built?

A: Yes.

Q: Were fountains first described in the 1st century AD by the Greek scientist and engineer Hero of Alexandria in his book Pneumatics?

A: Yes.

Q: Were fountains designed by famous sculptors or architects, such as Jean Tinguely, I.M?

A: Yes, Pei, Claes Oldenburg and Daniel Buren, who had radically different ideas of what a fountain should be.

Q: Were fountains located in the gardens of the Villa d'Este?

A: Yes, and in Tivoli.

Q: Were fountains built in Paris in the 1980s, mostly in the neighborhoods outside the center of Paris, where there had been few fountains before These included the Fontaine Cristaux, homage to Béla Bartók by Jean-Yves Lechevallier?

A: Yes, the Stravinsky Fountain next to the Pompidou Center, by sculptors Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely; the fountain of the Pyramid of the Louvre by I.M. Pei, , the Buren Fountain by sculptor Daniel Buren, Les Sphérades fountain, both in the Palais-Royal, and the fountains of Parc André-Citroën. The Mitterrand-Chirac fountains had no single style or theme.

Q: Is a fountain designed to resemble a dragon winding its way around the square?

A: Yes, and emerging and submerging from the pavement.

Q: Were fountains not just sources of water?

A: Yes, but advertisements of the power and benevolence of the city's rulers.

Q: Is a fountain now located?

A: Yes.

Q: Are fountains also popular for ponds and lakes?

A: Yes, they consist of a float pump nozzle and water chamber.

Q: Is a fountain an interactive fountain and video sculpture feature in Chicago's Millennium Park?

A: Yes.

Q: Were fountains also found in the enclosed medieval jardins d'amour?

A: Yes, and "gardens of courtly love" – ornamental gardens used for courtship and relaxion.

Q: Are fountains called bubblers?

A: Yes.

Q: Were fountains fed by reservoirs in the upper garden?

A: Yes, while the Samson fountain was fed by a specially-constructed aqueduct four kilometers in length.

Q: Were fountains expressions of the new Baroque art, which was officially promoted by the Catholic Church as a way to win popular support against the Protestant Reformation?

A: Yes, the Council of Trent had declared in the 16th century that the Church should counter austere Protestantism with art that was lavish, animated and emotional.

Q: Were fountains used for decoration and to celebrate their builders?

A: Yes.

Q: Were fountains built in Paris between 1940 and 1980?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a fountain turned on?

A: Yes, and sprays of water pour down on the peasants, who are frenzied as they are transformed into creatures.

Q: Was a fountain the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park in New York City?

A: Yes, and opened in 1873.

Q: Is a fountain intended for people to come in and cool off on hot summer days?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a fountain part of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C.?

A: Yes, and which has four outdoor "rooms" illustrating his Presidency.

Q: Is a fountain run by a statistical program which selects words at random from news stories on the Internet?

A: Yes.

Q: Were fountains decorated with bronze or stone masks of animals or heroes?

A: Yes.