Not only the sound, but the power of all that water reacting to the force of gravity gives us a rush like no other. Then there’s the mist created by water pulverizing the surface below. It rises higher than the source, giving the whole scene the depth of another dimension.
Surreal and Sumptuous
The value of falling water is a feast for the senses. Something about it adds immeasurably to our lifelong quest for the extraordinary.
It’s not just clean water. It’s water that’s had its molecules rearranged –no longer coalesced, but turned into froth that gurgles, is tossed about and rushed along. It has a voice that rings with authority. It knows where it’s going—down!
A Landscape Design Temptation
Even though we’re in the middle of a big push to conserve water, there is more than one justification for using a waterfall in public design. It just simply must exist in contexts that beg for the unexpected—in large public spaces, for example. The human spirit thrives on order. Moreover, it also requires a “unique” experience to bring value to order. Waterfalls in public spaces fulfill this human requirement.
Looking At An Idea
Does a waterfall celebrate the space? Of course. Does a waterfall create a conversation between natural and man-made environments? Yes. Does a waterfall refresh us? Certainly. Does a waterfall improve our attitude? Well, I like to think so!
Moreover, waterfalls promote a contemplative mood. A waterfall in a public space will have an influence like nothing else. You can’t just walk by it. You must stop (even if only for a moment) to let yourself get lost in its rhythm? Its presence is clearly meant to be enjoyed.
How could we pass up the opportunity to build a waterfall in a public space? A waterfall gives the public a treat whilst promoting the area for commercial enterprise. Vendors would gladly contribute extra dollars to be in the only shopping center with a waterfall… No question!
There are enough reasons here to start a movement.