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Roving Rube

Sept. 2, 2003

Revson fountain, Lincoln Center

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This fountain, designed by architect Philip Johnson with Richard Foster, is "a popular meeting place and symbol for the city at large" (Blue Guide New York). Regrettably it is not running at the moment, and these pictures are from March, and earlier.

The fountain was [and is] internally illuminated by 88 lamps emitting 26,000 watts of light and contained a complex of 577 jets that could spew forth 9,000 gallons of water per minute in a wide range of patterns; perhaps its most spectacular effect was the emission of a thirty-foot-high, six-foot-wide column of water. The entire presentation was electronically orchestrated by computer-programmed tapes played in a control booth that was located beneath the plaza. The fountain could also be programmed from a console located on the New York State Theater's exterior balcony; Johnson had hoped that such artists as George Balanchine, Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky and Pablo Picasso would program the fountain, although this never came to pass. (New York 1960, by Stern, Mellins and Fishman)

New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has received a $25 million gift from new board member and hedge fund investor Julian H. Robertson Jr. ... According to Lincoln Center officials, the gift is the largest ever given to the center by an individual and was given in a lump sum, instead of being spread out over several years. From the $25 million gift, $10 million will be used to create the Josie Robertson Fund for Lincoln Center. ... "The money can be used for anything," said Beverly Sills, chairwoman of Lincoln Center. "That's what makes it so unusual." ... Robertson, 66, chairman and chief executive officer of Tiger Management, the multibillion dollar investment fund, said he intended the gift as a surprise for his wife, in whose honor the Lincoln Center's fountain plaza will be renamed. (Philanthropy News Digest)

The Revson Fountain, named after a 1962 Revlon Foundation gift in honor of cosmetics executive Charles Revson, will retain its name. (

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