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Eisenhower Fishing Fountain

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Location:  Legends Outlets, Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas

Found:  May 12, 2016

This fountain is located towards the east end of Legends.  It features a statue of former President Dwight Eisenhower fishing.  It is a shallow pool that has water flowing through it from underneath the wall on the north side of the pool.  Every so often, one of many jets will make a little bit of water jump out of the pool to simulate fish biting at the bait.  I tried to get pictures of the jumps, but I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to catch one.

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Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden

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Location:  Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 14, 2016

Located next to Theis Park and within sight of the Volker Fountain, this two-acre garden is part of the Kauffman Legacy Park.  Powell Gardens, in partnership with the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, manages and maintains the garden.  There are four distinct sections and 7,000 plants in the garden.  You can read more about them at the website for Powell Gardens.

There are four water features within the garden.  In the Green Garden, you find the octagonal-shaped pool with fountain in the middle.  It is between the pergola and the Orangery.  I have heard it called the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Fountain before.

Just to the east of the fountain against the east wall of the garden is the Shell Girl.  She stands on a pedestal in a small pool.  Water flows lightly out of the shell she holds in her right hand and falls into the pool below.

In the Parterre Garden, there is a long pool with three sculptures of dancing women created by local artist Tom Corbin.  Water bubbles up at the foot of each woman and there is a jet of water at each end.

It should be noted that shell girl, the fountain and the long pool all line up exactly east to west.  You can stand at shell girl and see all the way to the end of the long pool and you can stand at the end of the long pool and see shell girl with the fountain in between.

In the Secret Garden, there are three jump fountains.  They just look like black, mesh-covered drains and you can hear water running in them.  If you stay and watch, occasionally water will jump up out of the fountains and the jump can be fairly high, I’d guess as high as 6 to 8 feet above ground.  However, there does not seem to be any patterns and there is no noise or action that indicates that water is about to jump.  There may be long pauses in between jumps.  Also, one may jump while the other two remain silent.  So, your photo taking skills may be put to the test trying to photograph these in action.  Until about a month ago, I did not know these jumping fountains were there.  I had walked past the Secret Garden many times not realizing that that was part of the garden and not a storage/maintenance area.  The pictures were gotten on my second attempt to photograph them in action.

This is a new, updated post.  The old post was titled “Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Fountain” but I decided to redo the post for the garden as whole after finding the jumping fountains.  Since they brought the total up to four water features, it seemed more logical to do it that way.

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Spirit of Freedom Fountain

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Location:  Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 21, 2013 (original), May 12, 2016 (update)

This fountain is located in a park on Brush Creek at the intersection of the roads indicated above.  It is across the creek from the Hillside Fountain, which you can see in the background of the above picture.  The sculpture on top of the fountain weighs about 5,000 pounds and can be see from the path on the opposite side of the creek, as seen in the last picture below.   The water comes out from underneath the sculpture and cascades down the sides of pyramid-shaped base.  There are a total of six jets in the surrounding pools.

The park has no dedicated parking so you will have to park at the Bruce R. Watkins Heritage Center to the south and or the recreation center across Cleveland Avenue to the east and walk over to the fountain.

I took a new set of pictures although I kept the old picture from across the creek that’s mentioned above and was taken on the original date.  When I first visited this fountain there was a group of geese there and they made getting around the fountain a little difficult so I wanted to get new and better pictures.  You can see the difference in cameras used by comparing the last picture and the other pictures.

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Corbin Park Tower Fountain

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Location:  Corbin Park, 6917 W 135th Street, Overland Park, KS

Found:  May 10, 2016

This large and impressive water feature is located next to Sprouts in Corbin Park.  There is a waterfall halfway up the top part of the tower underneath the Corbin Park logo.  It falls down into a pool and then down into the waterfall to the large, irregularly-shaped basin at ground level.  There are sculptures of three horses with fountains in the basin, including one horse that is getting hit with a jet of water right in the mouth.

The tower is actually an elevator.  There is a walkway behind the waterfall where the elevator accesses ground level.  It goes up to a large deck that looks over the fountain.  For those who don’t want to use the elevator, of if the elevator is out of service like it was today, there is a stairway next to the building.

I could not find any specific name for this or any of the water features in Corbin Park so the name is of my doing to differentiate the different features.  If/when I find a specific name for this, I will change the title of the post accordingly.

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Corbin Park Corner Fountain

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Location:  Corbin Park, 6917 W 135th Street, Overland Park, KS

Found:  May 10, 2016

This large fountain sits on the southeast corner of 135th and Metcalf to welcome everyone to the Corbin Park Shopping Village.  The Deer Creek Woods Waterfall is on the opposite corner of the intersection.  This fountain has just about every water feature you could ask for.  Traditional fountains at each end, bubblers at the top of the wall, waterfalls and stone-lined channels.

Water begins in each of the end fountains and at the top of the wall.  At the top of the wall, bubblers fill a pool which causes the water to fall through the notches in the wall.  At the ends, water comes out the top of each fountain and works it way down to the basins.  Once the water hits the basins it works it way down the channels and falls until it winds up in the lowest basin nearest to the street.  There is also sculptures of a family of deer in the middle of the whole thing.

I could not find any specific name for this or any of the water features in Corbin Park so the name is of my doing to differentiate the different features.  If/when I find a specific name for this, I will change the title of the post accordingly.

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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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Elmer F. Pierson Sculpture Garden Fountain

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

Found:  May 6, 2016

This fountain is located in the East Sculpture Terrace on the south side of the Nelson-Atkins Building and was given to the museum by Elmer F. Pierson.  The water bubbles up in the upper-most level and runs and trickles down the various levels until it reaches the basin below.  The water coming up in the top looks no greater than a drinking fountain might put out.  As you can see in the pictures it sits underneath the branches of a tree and during the spring and summer sits mainly in the shade until late afternoon.  There are a few sculptures nearby.

This is an updated post.  The old post had only three pictures and I wanted to update it with more and better pictures.

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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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Bernard Powell Memorial Fountain

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Location:  Spring Valley Park, E 28th Street and Brooklyn Avenue, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 5, 2016

The Bernard Powell Memorial Fountain is located on the east side of Spring Valley Park at the intersection of E 28th Street and Brooklyn Avenue.  The fountain is a hexagonal “pyramid” topped with a statue of Bernard Powell.  Water bubbles up at the base of the statue and runs down all six sides into a basin below.

There are five plaques surrounding the fountain.  Two tell about Bernard Powell while the other three list all the contributors to the memorial.  There is also a plaque on the sidewalk behind the fountain signifying that a time capsule has been buried there.

The memorial is across the street from his childhood home at 2801 Brooklyn Avenue.

Bernard Powell was a Kansas City native.  He was a civil rights activist.  He also co-founded the Social Action Committee of 20 aimed at teaching leadership and job skills to African-American youth.  He was also a proponent of neighborhood beautification with the theme of “Ghetto or Goldmine – The Choice is Yours.”  Sadly, he was fatally shot at the age of 32 at the East Side Social Club in Kansas City.   Please Google Bernard Powell and learn more about his life as I am probably not doing him justice with just this paragraph.

Also, I apologize for the pictures.  A dark-coloured statue in a shaded area is not a good combination, further complicated by the afternoon sun shining behind the fountain.  I tried with the flash on and off and got only slightly better results with the flash on.  Maybe mid to late morning is the best time to take pictures here.

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Pompeiian Urn

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Location:  6615 Wenonga Terrace, Mission Hills, KS

Found:  May 3, 2016

This large urn was once part of the Pompeiian Room in the old Baltimore Hotel in Kansas City, once one of Kansas City’s premier hotels, that opened in 1899.  When the hotel was demolished in 1939, the owners gave the urn to J.C. Nichols and he placed it at its current location.  It was once considered one of the premier examples of Pompeiian architecture in the United States.  I have seen information that it was once part of a fountain but I have not seen whether it was at the old hotel or at its current location.  It is not a fountain now.

It is located in a traffic circle along Wenonga Terrace.  The address above is approximate but when you reach the circle you cannot miss the urn.

There was a house under construction on the north side of the circle and so all of my pictures were taken from angles to keep the construction and everything involved out of the shots.

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