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Turville Water


A spiral arrangement of nine water jets emanating from a stainless steel cylinder placed at the centre of a circular pool creates a spatial, sound and light dance.

The fountain uses precision engineered components, including flow straightening components from Darchem Turbine Structures to remove turbulence and which achieve laminar flow jets.

Each has a unique trajectory that hits the pool as a function of the head of water above the opening and the position of the opening above the pond surface. Each is illuminated through a fibre optic bundle fixed to the straightening component and carries the light within the curved jet of water.

In 1870, John Tyndal, a British physicist shone a light into a spout of water as it gushed out of a tank. The water fell in an arc toward the ground, and the light went with it, following the same curve. Light was trapped in the curving water. The spout of water was a light pipe. In about 1880, Charles Vernon Boys, an English physicist, fired molten quartz attached to an arrow into the air. He made fine glass fibres. In 1880 the ingredients for light transmission through glass fibre were in place.

This fountain embraces both of these 19thc principles. Turville Water was designed by Ian Ritchie and Karl Singporewala of Ian Ritchie Architects with Lawrence Owen and Adam Ritchie from Max Fordham, and manufactured by John Desmond, Allsbrook and Giles Eadle and construct managed by Boshers.