The magic fountain of Montjuïc is the biggest ornamental fountain in the city and it was built on 1929 for the International Exhibition. The magic fountain offers a show of music and color, water acrobatics, and lights that generate over 50 kinds of shades. The fountain has become one of the most popular attractions and is where the Piromusical from
La Mercè festivity is held.
But why is it called the Magic Fountain? During the show there is music playing and it seems that the water dances along with the rhythm with moving water jets, unfolds, rises and falls all synchronized with the light and music.
The Magic Fountain, is a masterpiece designed by the engineer Carles Buigas, and was with no doubt one of the big successes of the International Exhibition. In 1992 for the Barcelona's Olympic Games it was restored so it could continue to do the show during the event. Buigas, had a lot of creativity in his early age and he illuminated fountains and artistic illuminations all over the world between NYC, Santo Domingo, Miami, Brussels and many others.
The fountain, is in a privileged location right at the end of Avinguda Maria Cristina, below the Palau Nacional, it is good to visit it during daylight as well for the great vistas of Barcelona and Plaça Espanya.
I have to mention though that the fountain works with recycled water in order to save on drinking water, something good to know that water is not being wasted. La font màgica as we call it in Catalan, can produce 7 billion of light and water combinations with its hydraulic features and lighting. There is an automatical choreography generator that creates the water movements after analyzing the music. The automatical choreography takes into account melodic structure, music tempo and rhythm, so now there is no doubt why it was called the Magic Fountain, music and water blend in as one full piece of art.
Nowadays this automatic system takes only 3 minutes to generate the choreography making it a lot easier to create shows for special events or tailored -made ones as the time invested is minimal.
And now check out how the show looks like:
Magic Fountain show times
From 30 October 2013 to 30 March (Both included)
Fridays and Saturdays, 7 pm - 9 pm. The shows start at 7, 7:30, 8, and 8:30 pm.
From 31 March to 25 October (Both included)
Thursday to Sunday, 9 pm - 11:30 pm. The shows start at 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30 and 11 pm.
Extra sessions at Christmas 2015: 5 January 2016