Gayle Anderson was live in Sun Valley at the offices of WET, the Southern California-based water feature design company, which has unveiled its latest creation, The Waters of Olympic Park.
Gayle Anderson was live in Sun Valley at the offices of WET, the Southern California-based water feature design company, which has unveiled its latest creation, The Waters of Olympic Park, last week during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The Waters of Olympic Park is a creative and technological showpiece featuring choreographed water, fog and light. All the elements perform in unity to the music of Russian composers, including Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian, in celebration of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games.
The Waters of Olympic Park measures 75.3 meters (roughly 247 feet) in diameter and holds approximately 700,000 gallons of water. The design features five symbolic Olympic rings formed from hundreds of WET’s air-powered Shooters which launch vertical columns of water up to 70 meters (230 feet) in the air. Interwoven with the Shooters are WET’s motion-controlled robotic nozzles which create sweeping fans of water that pirouette across the fountain’s basin. Swirls of fog also glide across the surface, creating an aura of suspense before synchronized plumes of water emerge from underneath. At night, the columns of water transform into ultra-vibrant liquid fireworks, infused by hundred of underwater, theatrical LED-powered stage lights and a “night sky” effect of twinkling stars that mirror the sky above.
In addition to being featured in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, The Waters of Olympic Park serves as the epicenter of Medals Plaza and the backdrop of the medals ceremonies. Russian general contracting firm Stroi International created the environment that houses the fountain. Following the close of the Games, the fountain will be gifted to the city of Sochi and remain a permanent attraction.
After launching more than 220 features in over 20 countries on five continents, WET is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. Based in Sun Valley, WET is a water feature design firm founded by former Disney Imagineers Mark Fuller, Melanie Simon, and Alan Robinson in 1983. The company’s first major project came in 1986 when it collaborated with the firm of I.M. Pei as well as landscape architects, Dan Kiley and Peter Ker Walker to create the waterscape of Fountain Place in Dallas, Texas. WET’s first municipal project soon followed in 1987, when it was commissioned to create a work for the Los Angeles Music Center. The resulting fountains are located in front of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and were designed around the sculpture, “Peace on Earth” by Jacques Lipchitz.
Since then, the company has designed fountains and water installations using water, fire, ice, fog and lights around the world, including the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. WET’s designs include some of the most iconic water installations around the world such as the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, which was named America’s top tourist attraction according to TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards in 2013. Built in 1998, the Fountains of Bellagio are set in an 8-acre manmade lake and feature WET’s motion-controlled and individually programmed robotic water nozzles, which are synchronized to both lights and music. Other designs in the Los Angeles area include the fountains at The Grove and the Fanfare at San Pedro Gateway. In 2009, WET created The Dubai Fountain, the world’s largest performing fountain, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The fountain contains 6,600 underwater lights which can be seen from space more than 200 miles away.
WET has received numerous awards and recognition for its work, including the 2010 Los Angeles Architectural Award by the Los Angeles Business Council and the 2006 General Design Award of Honor by the American Society of Landscape Architects. While headquartered in Sun Valley, WET also has offices in Dubai and Beijing.
WET (Main Office)
10847 Sherman Way
Sun Valley, CA 91352
(818) 301-6111 FAX
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