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