A Fountain that Tells Time

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In the pages of AQUA, we’ve shown countless examples of what precise water work can do, from simple fountains to Vegas-style water shows synched to music. But this project at Japan’s Osaka Station takes that concept to a new level.

The fountain resembles a large frame with water raining from the top. While this rain can drizzle, it can also instantly transform into a digital-style clock, words and even images like flowers and music notes. 

So how does it work? The fountain is connected to a computer that stores the images. In turn, the computer works with a digital printer that, instead of ink, "prints" water in short, quick bursts for a highly choreographed display. Check out an example below:

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