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Best Resurrectionof a Work of Art Denver 2009 - "Electric Fountain" replica

The original "Electric Fountain" was designed by Frederic Darlington for Denver's first Democratic National Convention, in 1908. Located in City Park's Ferril Lake, it combined acrobatic water displays with theatrical lighting shows, back when electricity was still fairly new. Sadly, the fountain was allowed to deteriorate over the ensuing decades and had become a ruined fragment by the time engineer Larry Kerecman found it in the 1980s. A few years ago, Kerecman mounted a campaign to bring it back, an effort that culminated just in time for Denver's second DNC, when the city unveiled a replica of the work, complete with state-of-the-art computerized technology. Clearly, the rebirth of "Electric Fountain" makes for a picture-postcard addition to the Mile High City.
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Larry Kerecman
Larry Kerecman

Thank you for this recognition of 5 years of perseverance to bring back a landmark in City Park. The Electric Fountain performances will be even more exciting in the 2009 season as we feature the debut of two more re-created water features that were not completed in time for the August DNC and newly-designed lighting effects that were not part of the old fountain.

It all starts on Friday, May 22.

The Friends of the Electric Fountain web site has many historic photos of the original fountain as well as photos of the new equipment and lighting effects at: