In the summer, the International Fountain at the Seattle Center is a magnet for visitors wishing to get relief from the heat by getting soaked.
In the cold of autumn, the fountain is a lonely performer, only to be seen and not approached. This is how it was Oct. 2, as seen through a time-lapse video.
Here are some fun facts about the International Fountain:
It was built for the 1962 World’s Fair.
Designed by the Japanese architecture team of Kazuyuki Matsushita and Hideki Shimiz, both in their 20s. The fountain’s inspiration: “Mankind’s efforts to explore the farthest reaches of outer space.” For their efforts, the architects received $20,000 (or about $170,000 in today’s figures).
In 1995, the fountain was redesigned, removing the protruding nozzles and surrounding white rocks. A 10-foot tall, 27-foot wide stainless steel dome replaced the old dome.
The jets are remotely controlled at a location north of the Seattle Center, and the pump system is 30 feet underground.
Other statistics according to the Seattle Center website:
Water Capacity: 9,000 gallons