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Turville Water

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Consisting of a spiral arrangement of nine water jets emanating from a polished and shot-peened stainless steel cylinder placed at the centre of a circular pool, this sculptural fountain creates a dance of space, sound and light.

Precision engineered components are used to remove turbulence and achieve laminar flow jets, including flow straightening components from Darchem Turbine Structures.

In addition to the most modern technology, the fountain embraces 17th and 19th century scientific principles:

Illustrating Torricelli’s Law, each jet of water has a unique trajectory that is a function of the height of the opening above the pool’s surface and the pressure of the water above the opening in the cylinder. Each curved jet of water also carries light trapped within it by means of a fibre optic bundle fixed to the opening’s flow straightening component.

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. The spout of water had become a light pipe. In about 1880, Charles Vernon Boys, another 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.

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 construction managed by Boshers.