Festival of Light 2016: Fountain
Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 1, 2016
If you haven’t been to this year’s Festival of Light in the Old City (and Nahalat Shiva), you still have tonight and tomorrow. The fountain outside Jaffa Gate was wonderful. It’s worth watching the performance all the way through an entire cycle–only about 7 minutes.
The installation is called, “A Moment with Water Fountains,” by Latvian artists Diana Civle, Janis Petersons, and Marcis Gulbis. If you’re viewing the fountain from the “front”, where all the people are, you will have to find a good angle where you aren’t blocked by trees, people’s heads, and the ubiquitous cellphones. But you can hear the music more easily from the side of the fountain that is closest to Jaffa Gate.
If you don’t mind being further from the sound, the ramparts of the Tower of David (ground level, just outside the wall) are never crowded and there’s only one tree blocking the view.
During the finale, the water forms a grey wall and pictures are projected onto the water. The projections are more vivid from the “back” of the fountain than the front:
Here’s a video I took of the fountain. The first half is from the front and the second half from the back (on the following night). Sorry about the wind noise in the second segment–I was planning only to take still photos, so I didn’t bring a directional mike and I don’t have a “dead cat.”