Denver airport fountain to be removed
The Denver Post
It has collected more than $2,000 in pennies and other coins annually – and countless wishes – but Denver International Airport officials say the large water fountain in the middle of the terminal’s fifth level has got to go.
Denver’s Commission on Cultural Affairs recently approved plans to remove the water feature, an art installation called Mountain Mirage, so DIA can extend the underground train that links the terminal with the concourses.
The fountain was turned off in March 2009 when sensors showed a leak in the basin lining of the project, said Matt Chasansky, DIA’s public-art administrator.
Even if the airport wanted to try to repair the fountain, its pump room, adjacent to the fourth-level train platform where passengers now get on cars for the concourses, would have to be moved to make way for the train extension, Chasansky said. The extension will add carrying capacity for the train.
Moving the pump room could cost $5 million, he said. “Early this year, we decided that the most reasonable course was to request that the fountain be removed. It wasn’t a reasonable use of airport funds.”
Mountain Mirage, designed by California artist Douglas Hollis, was to be turned on when the airport opened in 1995, but technical problems delayed its launch by about three years, according to a recent assessment of the project by the cultural commission.
The fountain contains 3,100 nozzles, “each adjusted to a specific height” to create “a shimmering representation of a mountain range,” yet the water feature had problems from the start, the commission said.
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