Thursday, September 24, 2015

The water wall

At the northern end of the City Square facing Collins Street is 'the water wall'. I don't know if it has a proper name. It is irresistible to children who simply must touch the surface and the water. Many adults must have a feel of the water too. Teenagers arrange leaves, usually plane tree leaves in autumn, to form words on the wall. Strangely the leaves cling to the vertical surface. You can easily find videos of sticking leaves on YouTube.

The wall can look terrific in the right light. Here is a photo and a few seconds of video. I've just noticed there is name next to the water wall, John Mockridge Fountain. It was gift to the city from the late architect and bears his name. It was designed by Aspect Landscape Consultants and PL Fountains in 1998.




30 comments:

  1. Quite simple, they way I like these features.

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    1. Victor, like you prefer your people to be.

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  2. I suspect I would have to touch it too.
    Simple, elegant, beautiful.

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    1. EC, things can be overdone, but it isn't.

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  3. I am not at all surprised that children find it fascinating. I do too.

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    1. Friko, there are certain things in life we feel compelled to touch and I think this is one.

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  4. There is one in sheffield too

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    1. Oh John. Are you saying they are as common as muck?

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  5. Wouldn't enter my head to 'touch' the water...we have on the walkway to the Casino...the back/side door..(launceston)

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    1. Margaret, we haven't visited your casino, only Hobart's.

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  6. I'd be too busy playing in the water to notice anything else, lol.

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    1. Jac, I am not surprised.

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    2. Oh, then you know me, lol.

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    1. Grace, what are doing online in the middle of the day? Refuge from the heat outside?

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    2. It is pretty unusual I must admit :)

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  8. I was thinking 'I've walked past that wall', but then read it was designed in 1998, when I was already back here in Adelaide.
    Is there another Melbourne water wall? or maybe I walked past one in Sydney.
    I like them, wherever they are.

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    1. River I believe you are thinking about the water wall near the front entrance of the NGV on St Kilda Road.

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    2. Cathy, I was going to suggest that too, but I have a feeling there was some kind of vertical water feature in the old 1980s City Square. Can't quite recall.

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    3. River, you can never have too many water features. They lift the mood.

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  9. What a wonderful gift to leave the city. And the mauve wisteria is gorgeous.

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    1. Carol, Melbourne generally has had some very generous benefactors.

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  10. very impressive waterfall

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  11. Beautiful. I could sit in front of that for hours!

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    1. Mitchell, I find moving water quite mesmerising.

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    1. Susie, like I said to Mitchell above, moving water is good therapy.

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