Marsh Fountain of the Year Award
This Award pays tribute to the best new or newly restored fountain or water feature and all those who have worked tirelessly to bring the project to life.
The Award is run in partnership with the Fountain Society, which encourages the active restoration, use and development of fountains, cascades and water features. The Society undertakes research and works with a variety of bodies and designers, providing them with technical advice and helping them in their campaigns to conserve and develop fountains, for the creative and artistic use of water for the public and private good.
The 2012 winner is Ustigate
Ustigate Ltd. was commissioned by Wolverhampton City Council to build and install a plaza-style fountain at Queen Square, Wolverhampton. (Pictured right)
The assessors were looking for “the best use of moving water in the regeneration of an urban public space”.
The fountain operates on an 11-week programmed sequence and changes its mood throughout the day. Colour change LED lighting ensures that the fountain remains visible at night.
The fountain can be either animated, with jets jumping and chasing each other, or slow and relaxed, with jets rising and falling. Laminar jumping jets shoot out of the ground and disappear into a catchment chamber.
The fountain was unveiled in the summer of 2009 and since then visitors have been entertained by a programme of water displays.
Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for economic regeneration, says “It is a unique fountain and one that has greatly enhanced the look of Queen Square.”
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