Monday, August 4, 2008

#430 ... The Bucket Fountain

Cuba Street was closed to traffic in 1965 to remove the unused tramlines. During this time a campaign started to keep Cuba Street closed to traffic. In 1969, the Cuba Street pedestrian mall was officially opened by then mayor, Sir Francis Kitts.
Designed by architects and town planning consultants Burren and Keen, the Bucket Fountain was constructed as part of the Cuba Street Pedestrian Mall. Before the fountain was installed in Cuba Mall, an off site mock up was created to test and adjust the tipping buckets.
Cuba Mall has received two facelifts, in 1980 and in 1998, but the Bucket Fountain continues to remain remarkably faithful to its original construction (although regular maintenance is required to keep it operating).
The Bucket Fountain is recognised as one of Wellington’s quirkiest and most well known landmarks. The Wellington City District Plan includes recommendations on how best to develop Cuba Mall. Within these recommendations the plan states, “The much maligned/much enjoyed sugar-scoop bucket fountain should resume pride of place in the Mall.”
In November 2003, the Bucket Fountain was removed from Cuba Mall so that it could be painted and repaired in time for the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. The revamped fountain is brighter and splashier than ever!

Go to this link to see how it works

7 comments:

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

i grew up mesmerised by the bucket fountain. when we passed it with my parents, we always begged them to let us see the biggest bucket tip over before leaving - and when i came back to nz in 2004, my children also got a chance to see it too

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

please correct the link 'to see how it works'!

Seamonkey Madness said...

Didn't they have to renovate it because it got corroded by too much Hobbit pee?

;-)

Jeremy said...

link on how it works corrected .. thanks for the advise ... ciao

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

thanks

David said...

I love the Bucket Fountain. It takes me back to my childhood, when I would stand watching for 10 minutes trying to work out every detail of its operation.

Malcolm said...

Once again the times i have passed this yes and like so many others had to wait till the big bucket went. What lovely memories your photos are bringing back.
Trudy