Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fountains of Bellagio, Las Vegas

If you happen to visit the famous sin city of Las Vegas, you must not miss to stop by at the Fountains of Bellagio. The Fountains of Bellagio is a vast, choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music. The performances take place in front of the Bellagio hotel and are visible from numerous vantage points on the Strip, both from the street and neighboring structures. The show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight. Before a water show starts, the nozzles break the water surface. Shows may be cancelled without warning because of wind, although shows usually run with less power in face of wind; a single show may be skipped to avoid interference with a planned event. The fountain display is choreographed to various pieces of music.

These photos were taken during our trip to Las Vegas, Nevada.

The fountains are set in a 9-acre (36,000 m2) manmade lake. Contrary to a common urban myth that the lake is filled with treated greywater from the hotel, it is actually serviced by a fresh water well that was drilled decades prior to irrigate a golf course that previously existed on the site. The fountains actually use less water than irrigating the golf course did.[3] They incorporate a network of pipes with more than 1,200 nozzles that make it possible to stage fountain displays coordinated with more than 4,500 lights. It is estimated that the fountains cost US$75 million to build.

Four types of nozzles are used for the various effects:

* Oarsmen - Jets with a full range of spherical motion
* Shooters - Shoot water upwards
* Super Shooters - Send a water blast as high as 240 ft (73 m) in the air.
* Extreme Shooters - Send a water blast as high as 460 ft (140 m)