"Henry Wollman Bloch Fountain"

Location: 30 West Pershing, Kansas City, MO

Owner: City of Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation

Artist/Designer: WET Design

Dates: September, 2001

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Henry Wollman Bloch Fountain

This fountain is maintained by City of Fountains Foundation.


This gift to the city in the name of the co-founder of H&R Block, Inc is located at Pershing & Main Streets outside Union Station. It features 232 jets arranged in three concentric rings within an ellipse of black granite. A thin sheen of water on the flat granite creates a mirror to reflect the monumental architecture on either side. A computer choreographs an ever-changing pattern of display. On each hour and half-hour, a five-minute "high show" presents a celebration of water in movement. The fountain was designed by WET Design, the designers of the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas.