The ongoing overhaul of Chicago’s Navy Pier has brought a number of new and improved features to the lakefront park, among them, a larger Ferris wheel, a “wave wall,” an expanded green area, and a lively fountain at the pier's entrance. Designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations with design and engineering firm Fluidity Design Consultants, the fountain features with computer-controlled fog, lights, and water jets. That’s according to the Chicago Tribune, which noted that despite the new fountain's flash, Chicago is home to another much older and much more famous fountain. Buckingham Fountain, located in the city’s Grant Park, opened in 1927 and remains one of the world’s largest fountains. The Tribune does a bit of compare and contrast with the two architectural water features, based on materiality, water consumption, illumination, water jets, spray height, and more.
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