Colorado Couple's Dream Becomes Reality in Unique Uncle Wilber Fountain
Bob and Kat Tudor decided to donate a fountain to the children
of Colorado Springs, they knew just what they wanted: an
animated fountain with ever-changing water patterns as a backdrop
for whimsical sculptures. What they didn't expect was
the discouraging reception they received when they approached
several of the country's biggest fountain companies. Time
and again, the Tudors were advised to alter or simplify their
design ideas and give up the fountain concept they envisioned.
Then they contacted Hydro Dramatics and got the answers they
were looking for.
project that developed over the next 18 months has become
one of the nation's most creative and unusual fountains. Uncle
Wilber (namesake of the fountain designer's uncle) is an animated
on a stool, he plays a silly-Sousaphone. Water splashes
everywhere. Music plays in the background, and fiber-optic
lighting adds an after-dark
sets this fountain apart are the computer-choreographed
nozzles located around the fountain base. Popping up intermittently,
they spurt water in endlessly new patterns. The unpredictable
nature of the waterspouts adds to the excitement, delighting
and fascinating youngsters, as they frolic
willy-nilly through the fountain.
To the Tudors,
the fountain fulfilled their dream of a one-of-a-kind gift for the
children of Colorado Springs. To Hydro Dramatics, it was an honor
and a privilege to out-engineer the "nay-sayers" and bring
Uncle Wilber to fruition.
Denver Post calls The Uncle Wilber Fountain in Colorado
Springs, Colorado, "only known fountain of its kind in