Nikola Tesla's Fountain

Saturday, February 13, 1915
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SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN 162 February 13, 1915 Nikola Tesla’s Foimtain T is a curious fact that, old as fountains lure, they have remained essentially un- changed in principle for centuries. Art- ists have lnvished all their skill upon them to make them beautiful, but engineers have neglected them. To be sure inde- pendent pumps of small volumetric capac- ity have been used to create artificial Wil- terfalls and to use the same water over and over again, But this principle is old and the spec- tacle offered to the eye not a great improvement over the fountains of olden times. T\\'o types of fountain have chiefly pre\'niled»the cascade in which a moderate volume of water falls in thin but hrillinnt sheets over multiplied obstructions- steps, basins, rocks, etc.-always in a framework of architecture with abundant obstructive neeessorlcs; and thc isolnterl or central fountain, in which one or many jets, spouted up\vard, fall into the highest of a series of superposed bowls of marble or bronze and then into a larger one below and so on into a broad basin at the ground level. Although every effort was made to save water and to that in most play only ou for :I few ho , ,