By now you’ve probably been to ICONSIAM. Perhaps you’ve shopped at the new Apple store or splurged on a stylish Japanese makeover. Maybe you just went to walk around, eat at the fabulous food court, and see what all the darn fuss was about. Either way, we’ve been telling you about it for a while now, so you really should see it for yourself.
One element of this new retail paradise you probably haven’t fully appreciated yet is the fountain, or rather, The ICONIC Multimedia Water Features. That’s right, this is no ordinary spray of H2O, folks.
The 400 meter long fountain is the longest in Southeast Asia. It’s situated on ICONSIAM’s River Park, which is comprised of 10,000 sqm of scenic park area on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
At night, the lights and shooting water turn the riverside into a theater of sound and color. The show was especially dramatic at the official opening of the ICONIC Multimedia Water Features. Watch the unveiling of ICONSIAM’s spectacular new waterworks below, or click here.
The water features, which took over six years to design, plan, and create, are one of the seven wonders of ICONSIAM. Ghesa Water & Art, a company that has designed over 3,000 works of watery wonder around the world, produced the project.
According to Carlos Pissarra, CEO of Ghesa Water & Art, the design was inpsired by the beauty of the Chao Phraya riverside. “Even large fountains like this must be blended with the nearby buildings, parks, and other surroundings. The fountain conveys to the people living on the other side of the river that there is something great on the opposite bank.”
The beauty of the water features is one thing. But when you take into account the technical expertise, you’ll appreciate the amazing spray even more. The fountain consists of 2D, 3D, and 4D water jets that rotate like joysticks, while Cybernetic Technology is used to shoot out water every 0.1 seconds in the shape of a flower. The water, which reaches heights of 35 meters, is even calibrated with a laser show and animations, unlike anything else in Asia.
Most importantly for us Bangkokians, there are elements of Thai culture woven into the show. The water movement reflects the motions and poses of traditional Thai dance, while iconic Thai images are projected onto the curtain of water making it feel like an open-air waterside amphitheater. Watching this beautiful spray of water from the banks of the Chao Phraya, we can’t help but connect the drops between the spirit of the river and the dazzling water show.
Are you feeling inspired to capture the beauty of the river and the ICONIC Multimedia Water Features? There’s a photography competition on now under the theme “The Symphony of the Chao Phraya River” with a total prize value of over THB800,000. To enter, take photos that capture the beauty of The ICONIC Multimedia Water Features and bring to life the Chao Phraya River as a new global attraction in Thailand. Smartphone users are welcome too! More details can be found here on the ICONSIAM website.
Catch the ICONIC Multimedia Water Features show for free every day at 6:30pm, 8pm, and 9pm at River Park, ICONSIAM.