Seville Light Fountain


Location: W 47th Street and J.C. Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, MO

Owner: KCMO Parks & Recreation Department

Dates: Installed & dedicated 1967, Renovated 2014

Artist/Designer: Bernhard Zuckerman

Description:

On the east edge of Country Club Plaza and across the street from the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain is a triangular traffic island on which sits the Seville Light Fountain. Sculptor Bernhard Zuckerman was commissioned to create an exact replica of the Plaza de Los Reyes Fountain in Seville, Spain. Seville is one of Kansas City's sister cities and this fountain was dedicated in honor of that relationship.

The central shaft stands 30 feet tall and is carved from several kinds of marble. On top of the central shaft, intricate iron details make up the light feature of the fountain. Water flows from the the masked face on each side of the central shaft. The base of the fountain is 20 feet wide.

In 2014, a major renovation project was undertaken on the Seville Light Fountain at the same time a major renovation project was taking place on the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain. The Seville Light Fountain had been inoperable for many years due to deterioration of the piping and electrical system. The fountain received new plumbing and electrical systems during the renovation as well as repairs in the surrounding pavement and sidewalks and was placed back into service in the spring of 2015.

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The City of Fountains Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the conservation of the historic fountains and sculptures in the Kansas City area. 

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