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Me and the Fountains

Occasionally, I will receive an e-mail or a message asking me about arranging weddings/events at a fountain and other questions related to that.

I just wanted to make a post to let everyone know that I have no connection to any of the fountains on this blog.  If you want to arrange to have a wedding or photo session or some other event at a specific fountain, you will need to contact the owner of that fountain.

If the fountain is on public land, such as a park, then you will need to contact the city offices of the city the park is located.  I would start with the Parks & Recreation department of the city first.  Sometimes, the city’s website will spell out its policies regarding its parks.

If the fountain is on private properly, such as the fountains in Country Club Plaza (yes, the Plaza is privately owned), then you will need to contact the owner of the property.

If you have questions about ownership of a fountain, feel free to ask and I will do my best to point you in the right direction.  The City of Fountains Foundation website (www.kcfountains.org) lists ownership of the fountains and sculptures and could be a quicker and easier reference than e-mailing me.

Hope this helps.

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Returning to the blog!

It’s been a while since I last posted anything here.  So, why the long wait?

The main reason is the City of Fountains Foundation website.  Last spring, myself and fellow volunteer, Alexis, offered up our time and services to create a new website for the Foundation.  The old website was bordering on obsolete and it had become the target of hackers.  It was time for something new and we started from scratch.

On December 2, 2016, after running into a few snags, we finally got the new website published to the Foundation’s domain.  We were excited to do the work and update the website and it was a good day to actually be able to see the website live.

New features for the new website include:

  • Multiple, and in most cases new, pictures for each fountain and art piece
  • Videos of select fountains
  • A search function
  • We updated information for fountains and sculptures and filled in gaps when possible

We are very proud of the new website and I encourage everyone to check it out at www.kcfountains.com.

Over the last few months, I have also created a backlog of fountains for my blog and I will get to posting them soon.

Thanks for your interest!

Fountain Day 2016

It’s getting to be that time of year again!

Click here to find out information about Fountain Day 2016!

JC Nichols Renovation

This winter the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain is undergoing repairs and renovations.  Please see the articles linked below from the Kansas City Star for more information.

Statues removed from Plaza’s iconic J.C. Nichols Fountain
Photo gallery: The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain dismantled for repairs

The fountain is expected to ready for Fountain Day next April!

Maps!

I have gone through and added a link to Google Maps for each fountain.  If you click on the link for the location of the fountain on each fountain page, it will take you to a Google map showing the location of the fountain (or as close as I could get, I had to trick Google for a few of them to get the marker as close to the actual location of the fountain as it would let me).

I am also working on an overall map of the metro area with a marker at each fountain location as I find and post them.  Each marker will have a link to that fountain’s page.  I hope to have it finished and posted soon.

Fountains are ON!

April 8, 2014 was Fountain Day in Kansas City, Missouri.  There was a special ceremony at the Eagle Scout Fountain to commemorate the day and that fountain was officially the first one turned on.  The rest of the fountains maintained by the City of Kansas City, Missouri were turned on that day as well.   All of the other ones in the metro area will be turned on soon, probably when the weather improves and stays warm I imagine.  So, be on the look out for new posts!  (I made 4 today!)  I will be getting out and about when I am able on the weekends.  I may even get out and about some evenings and try and get some night shots.

Thanks for your continued viewing and support.

Winter is here…for the fountains anyway.

Well, for the fountains, winter has arrived even if the high temperatures (it got into the 60s today!) linger.  Fountains have been shut down all over the city.  That means that posts and pictures will have to wait until springtime now.  I did go to Nelson-Atkins over Thanksgiving weekend on Friday evening and took some night pictures of One Sun/34 Moons, even though the pool had been drained, and came to admire and hate the “night scene” function on my camera.

Once winter is here to stay, and the weather isn’t too bad when I have the opportunity, I may go out to the fountains that stay on during the winter and see what goes on with them.  If there is something worth taking a picture of, I definitely will.

Winter is Coming

OK, I admit, I borrowed the title of this post from Game of Thrones.  However, it is accurate and very pertinent to this blog.  With the weather getting colder, fountains are being turned off.  I read somewhere that there are only three fountains that remain on all winter.  One of them is the Northland Fountain.  Another is the Lenexa City Hall Fountain.  I do not know what the third one is.  I have already come across a few that are already off and I’m sure as the temperatures get down near and below freezing on more consistent basis, more will be turned off.

Also, I have a family situation that has been taking up at least my Saturdays and cutting down my available time to hunt lately and it will continue to do so.  The recent change back to standard time makes hunting after work not very realistic and traffic is a big deterrent at that time anyway.

I will try to hunt when I can.  I have a friend who wants to go out hunting with me sometime, so that may be a good excuse to get out even at this time of year.  In the meantime, I am helping out the Foundation with locating and cataloging sculptures around the Metro area when I can.

I also am going to see if I can maybe streamline this blog a little bit.  Maybe figure out how to condense the hundred-plus links down the right side and see if I can incorporate some maps into the posts as well.  Maybe I will create posts about the sculptures I come across and take pictures of.  We’ll see how industrious I get.

Thanks for reading and the support.

Brad