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Bill Cotter

Fountain concept art

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Here's a piece of concept art for the Astral Fountain, dated 1961. It was by Harper Goff, who is well known for his design of the "Nautilus" for Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and many other films. Note the planned UN towers that were never built.


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I'd note two things:

1) In this drawing, the structure is shown as bright white, not a dark skeleton against the sky that was (to me, anyway) a visual disaster (pun not intended, but I'm leaving it) during the day.

2) The water streams are unreasonably well behaved, not blown out of the pool like the real ones usually were. Maybe if they had made them larger diameter and laminar flow, it would have worked.

( I know, lots of people liked this fountain, so it's just my opinion, but I'm sticking to it.)

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