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“The bizarre”

Fontaine Stravinsky
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Private Tour: 2CV Secret Paris Tour
Ranked #269 of 1,275 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

This fountain is a stark contrast to the rest of Paris. In fact it is too much and not worth seeing it unless this type of art and installation is your total interest.

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Reviewed 16 December 2013

For those interested in seeing something out of the ordinary, make time to visit the public fountains next to Centre Pompidou called Fontaine Stravinsky (Stravinsky Fountain). This is a fountain featuring 16 amusing sculptures that move and spray water, designed as a commemoration to the late composer, Igor Stravinsky.

Unfortunately, during the winter, the fountain is turned off, like most in Paris so you can't see the interesting water sprays at this time of year. However, you can get close-up looks at the sculptures and take nice pictures of them.

The Stravinsky Fountain sculptures are colourful, whimsical and unique, making an interesting stop in this area of Paris. You can visit before or after going into Centre Pompidou. Also, while in the area, if you are interested in seeing a historical fountain, you see the fountain of innocence just a few minutes walk from this location.

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Reviewed 9 December 2013

There is nowhere more whimsical than a public fountain adorned with sixteen works of sculpture,that moves and sprays water to the music of this giant of a composer.
It is next to Centre Pompidou and if you have passed the church of saint marie,you have gone too far. The black mechanical sculptures are by Jean Tinguely and coloured works by Niki de Saint Phalle. It represents the inspired 16 works by Stravinsky's "the Rite of Spring". Remember the elephant,the firebird,the fox,serpent,frog?
The fountain is designed to be as light as possible with shallow water,a bottom of stainless steel,with sculptures composed of plastics and light materials.
We love this fountain,with Niki's works brilliant and violent colour,the mechanical components and the water play make this ensemble charming,funny and whimsical.

Thank Eli B
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

This can be surprisingly hard to find if you aren’t properly oriented (it’s in a courtyard). We ended up walking around the entire Pompidou Centre before coming across it. Facing the main entrance of the building, it will be on the right side of the building. It's whimsical and even for those who prefer more traditional art, it's much more pleasing to the eye than the Pompidou Centre itself. If you’re in the area, you may as well stop by, but not worth going out of your way just to see it. We stopped for lunch in one of the nearby cafes, which was probably the best deal we found for an eatery in such close proximity to a museum/metro.

Thank Michelle T
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

A sort of extension of the Centre Pompidou nearby, the Fontaine Stravinsky is a work of modern art outdoors for everyone to enjoy for free. The fountain is made up of several colorful moving and spouting pieces. It's a fun place to sit and eat a picnic or enjoy a quick crepe from a nearby cart, especially if you have kids.

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