Barcelona’s Magic Fountain of Montjuic

The Magic Fountain of Montjuic is a bit of a  misnomer because any magic the fountain might have is due to the engineering prowess of Carles Buigas. Built for the 1929 World Fair, The Magic Fountain of Montjuic was brought from concept to finish in less than a year through the efforts of more than 3,000 workers. 80 years later, the fountain’s “magic” attracts more than 2.5 million visitors who flock to see the water and light show choreographed to music that plays over loudspeakers.

shutterstock_12057736Just to give you a feeling for the complexity of the fountain:

Pool dimensions: 65 by 50 meters.
Pool capacity: 2.9 million liters.
Number of pumps: 5
Total volume of water circulated: 2,600 liters per second.
Number of lights: 4,760
Number of water jets: 3,620
Number of main colors: 8

The fountain uses only white lights and makes use of rotating prisms to create the 8 colors that illuminate the fountain in more than 7 million variations. At maximum pressure, the fountain’s tallest jet will reach more than 50 meters into the air. Each show is timed to go with a specific musical piece played over outdoor speakers. Classical pieces are most popular. Queen’s “Barcelona” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” have both backed “performances” of the Magic Fountain of Montjuic to create a sensory experience that will leave even the most critical viewer wondering if perhaps there is a bit of magic in the fountain after all.

If you happen to be in Barcelona, Summer shows run Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to 11:00pm with shows every half-hour.