Water in a Desert

Lima has been named the city of a thousand fountains.  For my teetotaler friends this is a classic place of “water water everywhere and not a drop to drink.”  For my tea swilling friends this pot may be priced a little steep.  Somewhere in history (before we tried to remember how it got started) this dry city began building fountains of water.  Playful, yes.  Visually cooling, yes!  Refreshing on a warm evening, yes!  Time and demand created the ever more spectacular fountains.  A walk through the “El Circuito Magico Del Aqua” at dusk unfolds a magical series of illuminated fountains.

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A lightly show that dances on water droplets creating a spectacular screen for the highlights of Peruvian history.

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The figure of the condor touching earth beneath the darkening sky elicits memory of a time in history when story mattered more than GDP.

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The newer ages have even introduced the energy pyramid fountain.  You get the idea — water seeks its own level and when you add a little water to a dry land, life becomes a bit more pleasant. Art can be seductive like that.

 

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