Located in the center of the Josie Robertson Plaza, the Revson Fountain welcomes visitors from all over the world to Lincoln Center. Here are nine things you never knew about this iconic campus fixture.

1. The original Revson Fountain was built in 1964. Made possible by a special gift from the Revson Foundation, the fountain—designed by Philip Johnson—was formally dedicated in honor of the Revson founder, Charles H. Revson, on April 6, 1964.

2. When it was first built, it was the most technologically advanced fountain ever constructed in New York. The impressive programming of the fountain's computer controls made it so that when the pumps were abruptly shut off, the water would appear to float mid-air.

3. The original Revson Fountain has been featured many times on the silver screen. Some of the highlights include The Producers (1968), Sweet Charity (1969), Godspell (1973), Manhattan (1979), Ghostbusters (1984), Moonstruck (1987), and Sweet Home Alabama (2002). The fountain often symbolizes moments of hope and perseverance.

4. It has also appeared on the small screen. The original fountain appeared in season six of Sex and the City, and the redesigned fountain has been spotted on episodes of The Mindy Project, Nurse Jackie, and The Carrie Diaries.

5. The fountain was redesigned in 2009. Plans for renovation began in 2006 when the Revson Foundation awarded a $4 million multiyear grant to Lincoln Center's Bravo Campaign in support of the fountain's redevelopment. The new and improved fountain was revealed on September 30, 2009, with members of the Revson family in attendance.

6. The architects of the new fountain have designed some of the most famous modern fountains in the world. WET Design, led by Mark Fuller, is responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas, which are programmed so that the water "dances" along to famous songs. Fuller and his team also created the Dubai Fountain, which is currently the largest fountain in the world, and the Waters of the Olympic Park, designed for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

7. The new Revson Fountain is even more technologically complicated than the original. It features concentric rings of alternating, continuously flowing jets, with pulsing jets. The continuous-flowing jets can reach a maximum height of approximately 10 to 12 feet, while the pulsing jets are individually controlled and can create vertical water expressions between 6 inches and 40 feet in height. The 272 L.E.D. lights make the fountain a mesmerizing fixture at night.

8. At full capacity, the fountain runs just over 16,500 gallons per minute, with up to 475 gallons of water in the air at a time. This is made possible by the 353 nozzles, 24 water pumps, and half mile of piping built into its foundation.

9. Dramatic demonstrations of the fountain's capabilities are reserved for good weather only. Because the water columns can reach heights of up to 40 feet, a slight breeze can quickly turn a contained water stream into a downpour on passersby. Even on a windless day, the most dramatic fountain shows may be accompanied by Lincoln Center security guards, ensuring that visitors don't get too close.


Nicole Howell is the house programs intern for the 2017 Lincoln Center Festival.