Beginning October 1, visitors to Green Lake Park may have to bring umbrellas even on clear days. A new system of fountains being installed in the park will be capable of sending plumes of water higher than a five-storey building, creating a temporary movie screen, Life newspaper is reporting.
The fountain is composed of 323 computer-controlled nozzles. The water system is augmented by an array of spotlights and 12 surround-sound speakers. When in operation the water 'curtain' will be 50 meters long and 16 meters high. Short, original movies will be projected onto the fountain mist and refracted to create what designers are calling a holographic 3D experience.
Work on the musical fountain (水幕电影) began in August and construction is expected to be completed by September 30. The fountain will have its debut performance on the evening of National Day.
When not providing the screen for movies, the fountains will be employed to stage specially choreographed performances combining water jets, lights, lasers and music. Due to the size of the water curtain, performances will be free to the public.
Only one 15-minute film has so far been completed and choreographed, according to the Life newspaper report. It features images of the Stone Forest, Western Hills and, not surprisingly, Across the Bridge rice noodles. Other short films about Kunming are in production and will be added to the fountain repertoire as they are finished.
The fountains are positioned near the east gate of Green Lake Park across the street from Green Lake Hotel. This site was chosen in an effort to position the water curtain away from areas where migrating Siberian sea gulls gather during winter.
Major musical fountain performances will be held during official holidays and occasionally on weekends. No permanent schedule has been announced and officials have said there are no plans to show feature-length films at the fountain.