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Ward Parkway Center Fountain

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Location:  Ward Parkway Center, 8600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 12, 2016

This fountain is located at the east entrance to the Ward Parkway Center underneath the skylight dome.  Lots of granite tile but it blends in well with the colour and design scheme of the area under the dome.

Water flows out the top and falls down to the pedestal and then off the pedestal into the basin below.  For an indoor fountain they apparently have trouble with wet floors as there were yellow warning cones next to the fountain, as you can see in the pictures.  Of course, one of the exterior doors was propped open and the wind was blowing in while I was there.  Cause and effect maybe?

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Joy of the Waters

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Location:  Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 29, 2016

My friend Alexis alerted me to this small fountain inside Nelson-Atkins.  It is in the classroom section of the Nelson Atkins Building, which is off to the left, past the restrooms, as you enter from the Bloch Building.  Turn down the hall and go a little ways and you will see this room through a couple of doorways.  You might hear it (if it is running, see below) before you see it.  There are doors leading out into the East Sculpture Garden but, as you can see in the pictures, they are blocked off.  While it was once an entrance, it has been made into a small room for relaxing with a couple of benches in alcoves.

The sculpture is by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth and sits in the middle of a small basin.  It is of a nude woman standing on a small rock surrounded by small plants.  There are small jets of water coming out of the base.  The whole thing is not very big and it is very subdued.

I do not know how often this fountain runs.  Alexis has pictures of this fountain while it was off and has never seen it in operation before.  I went back a week after I took these pictures and the fountain was off.  Whether she is running or not, she is accessible for viewing.

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Noguchi’s Fountain

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Location:  Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  February 18, 2016 (night photos) & May 6, 2016 (day photos)

In Noguchi Court at the south end of the Bloch Building sits this fountain.  Noguchi Court is the area with works by Isamu Noguchi.  It is outside the area where the museum houses its special exhibitions.

It consists of two sculpted basaltic stones, one with a concave top and one with a convex top.  Water seeps up through the hole in the top of each rock and runs down the sides into the rocks below.  It is tough to convey the movement of the fountain in still pictures as it just looks like pictures of wet rocks but it is actually pretty cool and also soothing.

I had an old post for this fountain that had just three pictures and I felt the need to update this post with more and better pictures.  I have also included pictures taken at night and the colours of the rock look they have changed without the glare of outdoors shining in on them.

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Sheraton Crown Center Fountain

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Location:  Sheraton at Crown Center Hotel, Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 7, 2013

In the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel at Crown Center is this fountain.  It is the center and focal point of the lobby.  The fountain consists of what looks to be a large granite block with textured sides sitting in the middle of a basin.  Water gently flows out of the top of the block and over the sides into the basin.  The artwork pictured hangs over the lobby above the fountain.

This used to be a Hyatt Regency hotel and the fountain used to be different, without the marble block and with small fountain jets in the middle of the basin.

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Fountain Basin

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Location:  Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Found:  August 24, 2013

AKA A Soothed Mind, AKA Roselle Court Fountain

Located in the middle of Roselle Court in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  This is the “restaurant” area of the museum, although they do display art on the balcony area on the second floor, which is where I took the above picture from.  On my first visit to the museum, I just thought it was just a food court and did not realize there was anything of significance, art or fountain, in there and barely poked my head through the doorway.  After getting involved with the fountains, I discovered that there was indeed a fountain in here and made my first foray into this area of the museum on a return trip.

 The large bowl was carved from a single piece of marble and weighs about 4 tons.  It also dates back to around 200 AD.  The lion paws base was designed by the designers of the museum.  The 12 signs of the zodiac are arranged on the floor around the fountain.

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Penn Tower Atrium Fountains

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Location:  Penn Tower, 3100 Broadway, Kansas City, MO

Found:  August 16, 2013

Penn Tower can be found at the intersection of West 31st Street and Broadway and is across the street from the Firefighters Fountain.  Found inside Penn Tower on the first floor.  Penn Tower is an office building and a number of the offices look out onto the atrium inside.  Each fountain is located in a corner of the atrium.   The close-up photo above is of the East fountain.  The photo below is of the West fountain and was taken from the 2nd floor walkway above.

If you want to see these fountains, you will need to go on a weekday.  I tried to see them a couple of weekends ago and was informed by the guy at the security desk by the entrance that the fountains are turned off on the weekends.

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Westin Crown Center Hotel Lobby Fountain

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Location:  Westin Hotel, 1 East Pershing Road, Crown Center, Kansas City, MO

Found:  July 14, 2013

Located inside the Westin Hotel at Crown Center.  When you enter the hotel, go through the lobby to the escalators and go up and you will be greeted by the sight of this waterfall.  The rock formations were exposed during construction and were incorporated into the fountain.  A man-made stream runs through the foliage providing the water for the waterfall.  A more detailed description of the falls can be found on the plaque.

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September 7, 2013 – Removed old pictures.  Added new pictures.  Updated text.