The Bucket Fountain
The Bucket Fountain is an iconic kinetic sculpture in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. It is located in Cuba Mall, which is part of Cuba Street. It consists of a series of "buckets" that fill with water until they tip, spilling their load into the buckets and pool below. The fountain was designed by Burren and Keen and erected in 1969.
Much of the water does not reach the buckets below, but instead splashes onto pedestrians and onlookers. On windy days (common in Wellington) water is carried several metres from the fountain.
People often add dishwashing detergent to the water, which spreads bubbles all over the mall. This is common on Friday and Saturday nights.
Wellington City Council upgraded the fountain in 2003, and some buckets were turned around so they intentionally tip their water onto the pavement.
- Elijah Wood, who played Frodo in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films, climbed on and urinated in the fountain while in New Zealand filming the movies. This was confirmed by the actor during an interview with Jay Leno.
- In March 2006, the fountain was coated in a mud-like substance by New Zealand artist John Radford.
- Wellington City Council Art and Architecture - Bucket Fountain
- Unofficial Bucket Fountain website
- Unofficial Bucket Fountain Website - How it works, before and after
- Wellington Sights: A Travel Guide to the Top Attractions in Wellington, New Zealand — Google Books
- Wellington City Council Annual Report 2003/04: Key Achievement Areas - Built Environment
- Elijah Wood on Jay Leno Transcript: The OneRing.net
- Wellington City Council Public Art - Temporary Art Projects
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