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10 phenomenal public fountains

By: Josh Lew on July 17, 2013, 6:21 p.m.
The mossy face of the Swarovski Fountain is a popular attraction

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Swarovski Fountain, Innsbruck, Austria

Located in a theme park in the town of Wattens, near Innsbruck, Austria, this unusual fountain is part artwork and part advertisement for the Swarovski company. The company, which specializes in luxury glass, jewelry design, and crystal products, runs the Crystal World theme park. The fountain consists of a large head that has shiny eyes.

The head is covered with moss, making it appear as if it is emerging from the grassy hill behind the fountain. The face itself brings to mind the moai statues on Easter Island. The Swarovski head can seem imposing or impressive, depending on your viewpoint. Some people actually praise the fountain for incorporating the surrounding nature and greenery into the design.