toyo ito’s fountain in pescara broke down toyo ito’s fountain in pescara broke down
feb 19, 2009

toyo ito’s fountain in pescara broke down

it cracked by itself. the fountain in pescara’s piazza della rinascita, designed by japanese architect toyo ito and inaugurated on 14 december last year, is no longer working. dubbed the ‘huge wine glass’, the fountain comprises 20 cubic metres of transparent acrylic material, five metres high on a two metre-square base. it suffered a structural failure. passers-by heard creaking noises and the water in the enormous bowl appeared to freeze. the structure, which cost more than one million euros, has been cordoned off by police.

via corriere della sera

the fountain on the day of inauguration

  • Too bad. Too expensive!

    Helene says:
  • from a age when people would spend one million euro of public money in a fountain… beautiful, but… one million euros?!! This age is gone… and its simbols are just cracking down…

    Ricardo says:
  • I agree. Look nice but too expensive… by the way how could the acrylic cracking down like that? the structure must be horrible.

    Alongkot says:
  • I think the crack is a huge improvement

    don albert says:
  • Do fountains come with a warranty…?

    me says:
  • It looks better now, with this kind of crack than before.

    reve :-) says:
  • the dezeen comments are starting

    :( says:
  • Article from Pescara by Channelbeta, Information Channel on Contemporary Architecture
    http://www.b-e-t-a.net/~channelb/speciale/032ito/

    Gianluigi D'Angelo says:

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