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Friday, July 27, 2007

Drunk (Second in a Series)

posted by on July 27 at 0:43 AM


Water Fountain off Galer at the entrance to the path by the Volunteer Park Tennis Courts. As a rule, outdoor water fountains suck. Imagine my surprise.

Temperature: Not chilly-cold, and not even really cold, but colder than the first rush of water from your faucet. Colder than room temperature. Who knew? Score: 4

Stream: Every outdoor water fountain I’ve ever come across, if it even works, has zero pressure and zero height. Wow. This worked up to a high, not insubstantial, arc. It wasn’t strong or thick, but it was defined. Score: 5

Hum: No electric buzz here, but this fountain has a white noise pipe rush. You can hear the rush loud and clear because the pipe is exposed, attached to the stand. That was my favorite part. Score: 6

Style This fountain, at some in point in time, was going for a classic Roman look. It’s got a ceramic pillar stand, a silver bowl atop, and an ornamental, raised drain in the center. Of course, since it’s outside, the whole show is decayed with hints of moss. The pipe too. The push button is perched on the back of the bowl. It gives a dose of solid resistance for your thumb. Score: 5

Brand: Unknown.

Comments: I’m startled. It’s also shaded by a tree, set on a peaceful, leafy dirt pathway.

Final Score: 5 out of possible 10


Water Fountain at SCCC gym.

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Then why such a low score?

Posted by Mokawi | July 27, 2007 1:16 AM

I'm impressed. The first photograph with the arrangement of fore and background is downright artful.

Posted by lostboy | July 27, 2007 5:05 AM

What prey tell would a 10/10 drinking fountain look like? That one sounded about perfect, but it only got 5/10? I expect orgasms from a 10-pointer.

There is a drinking fountain in Robert Wagner park in Manhattan that recently surprised me when I needed it most. I have this idea in my head that other people think public drinking fountains are gross. It may have to do with the bottled water craze. Is this true?

Posted by Jude Fawley | July 27, 2007 5:25 AM

God, you are a harsh grader! That stream is at least an 8, probably a 9. What do you want, a firehose? And with the the pipe hiss? Wow. It must take a powerful stream indeed to satisfy you.

Posted by Fnarf | July 27, 2007 8:07 AM

Can you please let Charles take over this series? I really need to know if the column holding the fountain's bowl was Doric or Corinthian and I need that somehow related to why butterflies and paper money are cousins by way of Rimbaud.

Posted by Slim | July 27, 2007 8:29 AM

I like how the "whole show is decayed with hints of moss", as if to say, the aesthetic leans towards rubbling, but wait that's not all, it's also garnished with patches of The Great Pacific Northwest Moss. Hooray or Boo, add or detract, it can't be said with that middle of the road catagory score.

Here's to hoping Josh goes inside SCCC to review one of their porcelain inset fountains. Too many more outside fountains and folks will start to talk.

Posted by Phenics | July 27, 2007 8:56 AM

You gotta include "taste" as one of your grading components. The water coming out of these things varies wildly in quality.

Posted by Matthew | July 27, 2007 11:55 AM

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