Celebration City unveils Freedom Fountain

Posted Monday, June 7, 2004 11:40 AM | Contributed by Swoosh

"Veterans, a true reason for celebration," reads the inscription of the new Freedom Fountain that is situated at the entrance to Celebration City in Branson. The tribute to veterans was unveiled Friday at a press event at the park. The event was attended by several Branson performers and included special guest Tony Orlando whom the new fountain was to honor. You can view photos of the press event at the Midwest Information Guide.

Link: Midwest Information Guide

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Tuesday, June 8, 2004 11:27 AM
Oh cool, its one of thost floating orb fountains.

(For those unfamiliar, the fountain is a big heavy orb granite/marble?) sitting on top of a fountain of water. Although the orb looks very heavy, one can roll the ball around with a relatively light push. IIRC correctly it is also pretty hard, if not impossible to roll the orb out of the fountain. Pretty cool interactive illusion/art. Ripley's Believe It or Not has some of these fountains as ballyhoo in front of their Odditoriums.

Not quite what I had envisioned when I think of the term "Freedom Fountain" but cool nonetheless. Apparent freedom from gravity maybe? I know its not free from inertia cause if you get one of thoe orbs spinning pretty good its hard to stop it.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2004 11:44 AM
Jeff's avatar Not what I would've expected either. I've seen these at IAAPA every year and wondered, why would an amusement park buy one? Now I know!
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Wednesday, June 9, 2004 1:09 PM
From what I can remember from the press event, is that the water represents freedom, which is essential to life (much like what water is) and that with freedom we can accomplish things that would otherwise be impossible (much like moving this huge ball of granite. I think that was their reasoning. It is still a really cool fountain and the kids love it.

-DHollon

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