Electric Fountain

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Electric Fountain in Beverly Hills, California
Sculpture at the top of the Electric Fountain in Beverly Hills, California

The Electric Fountain is a water fountain in Beverly Hills, California.

Location[edit]

The fountain is located on the corner of Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards in Beverly Hills, California.[1] It is part of the Beverly Gardens Park.[1] It is illuminated by a changing pattern of colored lights at night.[1]

History[edit]

The sculpture and tiles that make up the design of the fountain and its base pay homage to the founding of the city. It was built on land donated by the Rodeo Land and Water Company.[2] It features a statue of a Tongva (a member of the local Native American tribe) kneeling in prayer. The statue is said to be modeled after Gradin Newsom.[3]

The fountain was erected in 1931.[4] Funded by the Beverly Hills Women's Club, it was designed by the architect Ralph Carlin Flewelling.[5][6][7] The sculpture at the top was designed by Robert Merrell Gage.[8]

It was featured in the 1995 movie Clueless[1] and The Go-Go's 1981 music video for "Our Lips Are Sealed".[9]

In 2014-2015, Chinese businessman Wang Jianlin donated US$200,000 for the restoration of the fountain.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Seeing Stars: Beverly Gardens Park
  2. ^ Wanamaker, Marc. Beverly Hills: 1930-2005, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, p. 9
  3. ^ Seeing Stars
  4. ^ History of the Electric Fountain
  5. ^ Beverly Hills Woman's Club site with historical facts
  6. ^ Jeff Dickey, Rough Guide to Los Angeles, Rough Guides, 2003, p. 115 [1]
  7. ^ "Electric Fountain". Public Art in Los Angeles. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  8. ^ History of the Electric Fountain
  9. ^ Marks, Craig; Tannenbaum, Rob (2011). I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. New York, NY: Dutton. pp. 92–93. ISBN 978-0-525-95230-5. 
  10. ^ City to Honor Wanda Group For Generous Fountain Restoration Gift, The Beverly Hills Courier, March 23, 2015

Coordinates: 34°04′01″N 118°24′38″W / 34.06707°N 118.410419°W / 34.06707; -118.410419