Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Biggest Shower in the World

$281 million, 900 feet long, 6600 lights, 25 color video projectors and lasers, and 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any given time. Towers of water that shoot up above a fifty story building, 500 feet above the lake below. Watery awesomeness.

You may know that it's the world's largest fountain, but did you know that it was also the world's largest fountain-naming contest? In true Dubai spirit - where some things are truly new, and other things are just really, REALLY big version of existing things - the top winner of the contest was DUBAI FOUNTAIN (you have to shout it, you know).

Nonetheless, this project has been a long time coming. Katie can attest to my obsession here - I've been watching them build it from the sand up for 8 months. Don't believe me? Just look at the boring pictures I have to prove it!
It's been really exciting over the past few weeks, where the fountain has been tested and is actually shooting water. Actual quote from Katie: "If you don't stop talking about that stupid fountain I'm going to punch you in the face." But it was worth the black eye!

Here are a few videos from the shows - they're running a few different versions, and each is set to different music from classical to spanish to arabic. I'll be sure to get more pictures and videos in the near future (they've just started testing the colored light shows), but don't worry, I won't post these for the next 8 months.

Shot from next to our apartment:

Shot in HD from the Dubai Mall on the other side of the lake (be sure to click the HD button!):


1 comment:

UDJim said...

'Couldn't play the first video, but the second - whoa! Fireworks -but with water?! (Waterfire? Waterockets?)

How could Katie not be excited about this?