Barcelona's biggest ornamental fountain, which was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, offers a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics and lights which generate over 50 kinds of shades and hues. The Montjuïc Magic Fountain has become one of Barcelona's most popular attractions and is where the "Piromusical" is held, a true balletic spectacle of water and light.
Every year, Montjuïc's Magic Fountain is the chosen site for the "Piromusical", a huge firework display with a music and laser show, which is the closing event for Barcelona's main festival, La Mercè. The display is very popular in Barcelona. The Magic Fountain is located at the end of the Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina just below the Palau Nacional, and even when the fountain is not in operation is a privileged viewing point that boasts spectacular vistas of Barcelona from the Plaça Espanya to the slopes of Tibidabo. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the fountain operates on recycled water in order to save drinking water.
The water jets are illuminated by 120 skylights and 4,760 light bulbs. The infinite number of shades of colour is achieved by a series of rotating pentagonal prisms, designed by Buïgas, and stacked on top of one another. They have a motor, brakes and a speed-reduction system, which allows the water jets to gradually change from one colour to another and achieve seven billion possible permutations of water and light.
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