This photo of The Diana Memorial Fountain in London is part of one of the panoramic images found on the PanoramicEarth.com Tour of London. There are over 100 images taken from around
Princess Diana died in 1997, an event which shocked
The Diana Memorial Fountain is found in Hyde Park just on the south side of the
The Diana Memorial Fountain also has three bridges crossing the water ways allowing visitors access to the centre of the grassed oval. In the summer the Diana Fountain is popular with tourists who come and relax amidst the sound of bubbling water.
It was intended that the Diana Memorial Fountain would be child friendly, the granite was left with some grip and the idea was that people would be able to play in the water. This symbolism of the Princess’s joy of life was unfortunately short lived and after a number of people slipped in the fountain, running in the waterways was banned. You can, however, still dangle your feet in the water, but playing in the memorial is now forbidden.
The construction of the fountain is a testament to the collaboration of various industries and used ground breaking technologies. The whole site was modeled and then a 3D scan made by Ford Motor Company. Next Surface Development & Engineering created a 3D computer model allowing the designers to manipulate each of the virtual granite components. This allowed not only the shape to be analyzed but also how the different surfaces would affect water flow. From this model Irish stone masons used computerized cutting machines to shape the blocks mined from
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