Day in day out I am in the business of moving water. I am one of the largest jet fountains in the world and I shoot my water high up in the air. Everyday, people visit me to take pictures and occasionally they get completely drenched. I am Jet déau. The famous landmark of Geneva and I play that role with pride.
Each day, from morning till evening, I shoot water into the sky and play with the color spectrum’s by using tiny drops of white water. They paint the beams of light to create magnificent rainbows.
I let you admire this beautiful show from a close distance but be aware of my friend the wind. Sometimes he likes to play with my water drops. At such moments I can suddenly surprise you with a very large and powerful shower.
I am standing at the point where the beautiful Lake Geneva empties into the Rhone River and I have been entertaining you all from that spot since the year 1951. Before that period I had a predecessor, who was set up in the 19th century to relieve excess water pressure. He was very popular and became the reason of my existence. I was created out of his image to rule permanently over the lake.
It is true, I am stronger then my predecessor and I am very proud at my great powers. You should come and see me pump 500 litres of water per second into the air with an in incredible speed of 200 km per hour. This spectacular demonstration will certainly grab your attention when you are you’re strolling through the streets of cosmopolitan Geneva.
I am the movement of many drops of water who rise and fall during a constant dance with the light and the wind. I create the celebrated phenomenon of colours and brush them through the sky like a painter who slides over his canvas. I am the proud symbol of my city. I am a rocket of the white and blue who reaches great heights. I am Jet déau. Adorez-moi.
Did you see this fountain in real life or did you ever visit Geneva? Share your interesting (travel) story’s in the comment section below.
In May 2012 I want to visit Switzerland. It looks like a beautiful country.
I am curious to discover it as a tourist but I also want to give my visit an art related goal. I find it interesting to discover what this country has to offer in the field of artists.
When looking for inspiring Swiss creators I find many interesting people like Alice Boner or Pipilotti_Rist but there is one person that immediately catches my attention. This artist is Hans Rudolf Giger. I think that many of you, including me, would not know the man when his name would drop but I am pretty sure you know one of his most famous creations.
Giger, is the creator of the ultimate film monster (in my eyes at least) namely Alien.
A legendary creature. So unbelievably horrifying, disgusting and ugly but yet so beautiful, strong and perfect. It serves Giger right that he earned an Oscar for Best Achievement for Visual Effects for his design work.
Reminiscing about Alien I start to think of my childhood years. I remember my dad letting me secretly watch the Alien movies with him, something my Mom was not supposed to know. That outer space freak was probably one of the first motion picture monsters who intrigued and scared me. The horrible scenes combined with that dark empty space. Facing a problem like that in such a place seemed such a hopeless situation to me.
Strangely those childhood years where almost the only times I actually watched Alien but my love for (sci-fi) movies was born. Alien became old and overtaken by bigger more spectacular monsters but I always keep a special place for this creature. No that place is not my belly, for those of you who starting to be scared.
I am inspired and motivated to learn more about the man who created this famous monstrosity. Who inspired him? Where is he living now? Is he still creating beautiful horrifying things? So many questions..
I hope to find answers during my research period and my visit to Switzerland. Looking at Giger’s Wikipedia page (where else to start) I discover that his art is being displayed in the H.R. Gigermuseum in Gruyères Switzerland. I immediately mark that city on my list of places I want to visit during my travel. What an exiting journey it is going to be.
Do you know Hans Rudolf Giger and his work or did you ever watched the Alien movies? Let me know what you think of Gigers art or his famous creation Alien. I am very interested in your reaction. You can write it down in the section below this post.