Trick Fountains

From the beautiful Magic Fountain of Montjuic in Barcelona to the Trick Fountains of Schloss Hellbrunn. The water games played by those trick fountains have been conceived by Markus Sittikus Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. This is a popular tourist attraction during the summer time along with the Palace and its gardens of course. The fountains are referred to as trick fountains because of all the practical jokes the host can play on his guests using water. Some would include spraying them with water from walls, the ground or even from under the seats they are sitting on. The photos here are of the park housing the trick fountains and the videos show you some tricks including the Prince dining table, a mechanical theatre completely operated by water, a grotto and crown being pushed up and down by a jet of water symbolizing the rise and fall of power. During all those games there is only one spot that remains dry at all times, that is where the Archbishop stood or sat.

 

Prince Table : This table is decorated with marble, the famous lion heraldic animals and Capricorn, and a cord relief with fruit. The seats and the table itself are part of playful banter water, where only the hosts remained dry. The fleeing diners was hampered here by a wall of water rising from floor jets to flee.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv-Byk7vEx4[/youtube]

 

The Mechanical Theatre was in the years 1750-1753 under Archbishop Andreas Jakob von Dietrich stone erected. Previously this was the blacksmith cave, which was probably once more forged while working together. Today’s mechanical theater now very vividly describes the varied activities of a small town. More than 100 wooden figures, arms and legs move here represent about one of the many crafts, work, attention to the craft and the artistic character. Or they move to the rotating discs. In the houses before the soldiers marching brass music and circus people dancing with a bear. All these movements of very fine figures are performed by an elaborate wooden wheels, which is driven by the water of the creek. To complete the presentation of art continues, was here from Lorenz Rosenegger (renovated by Rochus Egedacher) and a small water-powered organ factory built, which drowned out even the noise of moving one or the other wooden figures.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-9SaCDdpz4[/youtube]

 

A crown being pushed up and down by a jet of water symbolizing the rise and fall of power

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltSkzXUz74E[/youtube]

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