Berliner Sparkasse Wunschbrunnen
The Sparkasse Fountain of Hopes and Dreams will help fund projects that benefit Berlin.


Just as customers of the Sparkasse make deposits towards a brighter future for themselves, Berliners and tourists can make deposits into the Fountain of Hope and Dreams to secure a brighter future for the City of Berlin.

People love to throw coins into fountains and make a wish. In November 2006 the "Fountain Money Mountain" reported that tourists throw just under 3 million pounds sterling per year into wishing wells. While coin donations into the fountain are mostly symbolic, larger donations can be made through an online portal.

This privately owned public 'pocket park' combines the magical allure of a wishing well (featuring the Berliner Bear accepting donations to fund community and arts projects) in addition to a state of the art digital water curtain which can 'write' graphics and texts in water and act as a screen for video projections. Please see links for examples. It is dedicated to the employee's of the Berliner Sparkasse and the people of Berlin, and is an ongoing commitment to raising awareness and funds for important community projects. Also a great place to hold events or to just escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the calming sounds of falling water.

Funds thrown into this fountain will benefit Berliner non-profits, start ups, artists and even individuals with bright and beneficial ideas by helping them realize their dreams for a better Berlin. 

The idea is that these entities will submit proposals to the Fountain committee who will filter out the best ten or so and put these to a vote on the Sparkasse facebook page. The Sparkasse community will then choose which proposal they want to support for a funding drive for a specified amount of time with specific funding goals. The fountain will be the physical manifestation of a Kickstarter like platform for supporting bright ideas that benefit Berlin.

The Sparkasse will also gain publicity by hosting publicized launch parties at the fountain. For ex. every time a new funding drive launches there should be a public event where the selected project leaders throw the first coin into the fountain and make a wish that their projects will get funded. Informative videos about the projects can be projected onto the water screen.

Digital Water architecture and water curtain examples:

Fountains draw crowds
"We reached this place at 10AM in the morning, sure its crowded with many tourist around the world, local tourist as well..."

This is a very insightful TED Talk by Amanda Burden (city planner who transformed New York City and oversaw the High Line development) about the importance of public places to the health of any city:

TED Talk: How Public Spaces Make Cities Work / Amanda Burden



Finde ich in Berlin einen typischen "Wunschbrunnen" und wer kann mir sagen wo?
Gibt es beeindruckende Brunnen in Berlin? Ich suche einen typischen Wunschbrunnen, in den man Geld werfen kann? Der ein bisschen romantisch ist - gibt es so einen Brunnen in Berlin und wer weiss wo?

Hilfreichste Antwort

Hallo, Berlin hat wohl viele Springbrunnen, aber keinen "typischen Wunschbrunnen". Ein typischer Ort für Wunschmünzen werfen ist wohl in Berlin noch nicht etabliert. 


Please describe your idea in one sentence.

The Sparkasse Fountain of Hopes and Dreams will be a permanent installation that utilizes the latest technology in water architecture, digital water screen messaging, and social media to encourage donations and raise awareness for local causes, non-profits, start ups, and artists.

Who will benefit from your idea, hence whom is your idea directed towards?

The Fountain will financially benefit the aforementioned entities whose ideas will in turn benefit Berlin as a whole and the Sparkasse will benefit for the positive exposure it will receive for backing the project.

Why is your idea “good for Berlin”?

The fountain is intended to become a beautiful landmark water feature that will aesthetically delight all visitors and functionally help fund important local causes that benefit Berlin as a whole. Also, on hot summer days, it will also serve as a lovely calm place where people can congregate and cool off.

How many people do you think will benefit from your idea?

Everyone in Berlin can potentially benefit from this project.

In what way does the Berliner Sparkasse gain visibility through your idea?

The Sparkasse logo can be digitally programmed to display in the water screen (as well as other messages), and will clearly be identified as sponsor and prime mover of the Fountain and the various projects it intends to help fund. By being involved with 3 or 4 different community projects per year, Sparkasse will demonstrate it's deep engagement with improving the lives of Berliners.

Which kind of people and how many of them will take notice of your campaign?

Similar to the Trevi fountain in Rome which attracts huge amounts of coin tossing crowds, the Sparkasse Fountain of Hopes and Dreams is intented to attract both local Berliners and to become a destination for tourists as well.

How much do you estimate the annual budget for the implementation of your idea to be?

The Fountain can be scaled appropriately to fit the allocated budget.