Magic Fountain: light and water in Barcelona’s night

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc (in Catalan known as Font Màgica) is one of the most representative tourist places in Barcelona. It is also called Font Lluminosa (Light Fountain). It is located on Avinguda Maria Cristina, next to Plaza Spain.

The magic fountain is a spectacular display of color, light, motion, music and water acrobatics. If you are in Barcelona, you have to visit it!

Magic Fountain (Barcelona)

When work on the Great Universal Exhibition of 1929 was well under way, the organizers felt that it needed that “something” special to made it a cut above the rest. That was when Carlos Buigas submitted his project for a “colossal, daring and costly piece of work”.

On 18 June 1928, before the Executive Committee of the Exhibition, the young engineer presented the 460 maps and 70 large drawings, materializing the dreams that his expertise was capable of bringing to life. The project was so surprising and dazzling that it was even branded as madness by some of those present.

In less than a year, more than 3,000 workers made young Buigas’s dream come true, flooding the Great Avenue that was to be the main thoroughfare of the Exhibition with light, water and color.

Buigas’s project heralded the discovery of a new art, the art of light. Light would no longer be used only to illuminate the night, but rather to embellish it too. Above all, he discovered that the light should be concentrated so as to avoid larger beams obscuring smaller ones. Buigas conceived an opaque and independent light, one that could be part of the whole without detracting from the immediate effect.

To the delight of all, this project gave birth to the four cascades (and others which were later removed) and the large jet, the Luminous Fountain or the Magic Fountain, as it is now known – the only major works of water, light and color that remain to this day.

Currently the pyromusic shows of Mercè Festival are celebrated in this scenario, where the Magic Fountain plays a very important role in the show that puts an end to the Barcelona Main Festival.

Magic Fountain Schedule

– Spring – Summer 2013:
From May, 1st ; to September, 30th 2013
From Thursday to Sunday from 21:00 to 23:30h
Choreography starts at 21.00, 21:30, 22:00, 22:30, 23:00h

– Autumn – winter 2013-2014:
From October, 1st 2013 to April, 30th 2014
Friday and Saturday: from 19:00 to 21:00 h.
Choreography starts at 19.00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30 h.
The choreography starts at 19pm, 7:30 p.m., 20h and 20.30.
Christmas Additional Sessions: 25 and December 26, 2013 and January 1, 2014
Additional Session Easter: April 20, 2014

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