Water is one of the most expressive elements at Citygarden. Three fountains are interspersed throughout the park, combining with sculpture and lush plant life to create a unique visitor experience.
The first fountain is 34 feet in diameter. The subtly tilted granite disk with a water scrim sheets gently from the base of the massive Igor Mitoraj sculpture, Eros Bendato, which welcomes visitors to the garden at 8th Street and Market Street. The tilted disk was conceived as a platform for the sculpture, and water was introduced as a reference to the disk's round, earth-shaped form. It also presents an inviting and cooling element at one of the garden's main entry points.
The second fountain is the split basin, which is 190 feet long, 20 feet wide and 16 inches deep. A waterfall, approximately 40 feet wide, "breaks" the basin where the arc wall crosses the pool and the upper basin seeps and cascades from the upland café terrace down to the floodplain six feet below. This waterfall, constructed of native limestone, references the natural history of St. Louis and its environs by representing the seeps and falls along the nearby Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The upper basin provides a calm, reflective pool for the Aristide Maillol sculpture, La Riviere, near the café.
The last fountain is the playful spray plaza, which punctuates Citygarden's middle tier. The spray plaza includes a paved field of 102 vertical jets that project water up to eight feet in height. The plaza invites children and adults alike to meander through its programmed patterns, and delight in the evening shows of light and water. Eroding out a small section of the field of jets, an 18-foot-diameter pool of 16-inch deep water provides a calm, oxbow-like foil to the dancing jets, and contains the small, contemplative sculpture by Jean-Michel Folon, Voyage.
Pool monitors are on duty Memorial Day to Labor Day. 10am – 8 pm, weather permitting. Fountains are on from April 1st to November 1st.