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In 1980 the city of Ulm hosted Baden-Württemberg‘s first state-wide Horticultural Exhibit. One of its features was a fragrance and tactility garden. This fountain is located at its center. The goal of the design was to make the experience of water more perceivable to visually challenged people. The fountain is very accessible so that visitors can hear and feel the movement of the water. Water flows out of several bowl-like structures into a paved hollow on the ground. Visitors can feel the pulsating water with their hands. The bowls shape the water-flow into the figure eight, a pattern that can be easily traced through touch - especially important for visually challenged visitors. The sound of the water is another feature that makes this fountain especially enjoyable for visually challenged visitors. One can listen to the water travelling from its source down to the ground, through several levels and into different directions, its currents and counter-currents creating audibly different sounds throughout.

 

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Client: City of Ulm
Expertise: Water Design
Art and Fountains

Design: 1979
Construction: 1979 - 1980
Area: 45 m2 / 484 sq ft

GPS: 48°23´40” N / 9°59’13” E

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"This project was originally produced by Atelier Dreiseitl under the leadership of Herbert Dreiseitl.
Since its merger with Ramboll Group A/S it is owned by Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl ."

© Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl