It is said that Kansas City has more fountains than any other American city – and is second only to Rome in the entire world. Fountains are located all over town and range from small spigots on the side of a building to huge swimming pool size fountains incorporating several large sculptures.
One of the best places to see the fountains is in Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza, an upscale neighborhood/shopping district with architecture that looks more at home in Southern Spain than in the American Midwest. There are dozens of fountains in this area alone, and I spent one afternoon exploring and photographing them.
For today’s photo essay, I decided to do something a bit different and present all the photos in black and white. Check out the photos and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Some of the fountains are more traditional than others.
Impressive tile work is incorporated into the architecture (and many of the fountains) in the Country Club Plaza neighborhood of Kansas City.
This was the smallest fountain I saw while exploring. It is just a small relief on the side of a building with a single stream of water coming out of it.
Not all of the fountains were turned on. I presume that this grotesque face typically has a stream of water coming from his twisted and snarling mouth.
The volume of water pouring over the sides of this fountain created a liquid curtain, distorting and abstracting the form of the pedestal behind it.
Now It’s Your Turn
Which photo is your favorite? Also what do you think about the black and white? Would you like to see more black and white photography on Travel Rinse Repeat?