Mesmerizing Fountain Uses Lights to Turn Water into Colorful Shape-Shifting Forms

Lamp with Water Fountain Base

The sound of a babbling brook has a calming effect on many people, and it's something they wish to mimic in their home. One way to do this is a water fountain, and engineer Stephen Co has produced a design that combines this natural tranquility with a mesmerizing light show. Called Aquarius, the flowing water has a shape-shifting appearance that changes colors—all within a sleek design that will fit comfortably in your home.

The liquid in the Aquarius indoor water fountain can take many forms. “Users can watch streams of water bend, change colors, freeze in place, rise upwards against gravity, split off into multiple streams,” Co told My Modern Met in an email, “and even display effects such as volcanic lightning or the Northern Lights!”

So, how does this effect happen? By using 60 individually addressable LED lights, some or all of the bulbs can be set at a frequency range of 75-100 Hz and projected against a stream of liquid. Since they reflect at various times and places, it creates the illusion of an animation. With the addition of colors, it creates complex hues as well as multi-colored streams.

While the water and its animations are Aquarius' most defining feature, there is more than one way to enjoy the product. It has a standby mode that stops the flow of water and turns it into an accent or night light. Aquarius is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter.

Using 60 LED lights, engineer Stephen Co has created an indoor water fountain that produces mesmerizing illusions.

Indoor Water Fountain

The water appears to shift shapes, but it's all thanks to clever light projections.

Lamp with Water Fountain Base

Lamp with Water Fountain Base

Indoor Water Fountain

When not in use, it can be a nightlight.

Indoor Water Fountain

Indoor Water Fountain

Learn more in the video below:

Stephen Co: Website | Kickstarter | Linkedin

My Modern Met granted permission to use images by Stephen Co.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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