Six New Crystal-studded Fountains Unveiled on Paris' Champs-Élysées

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These are the European fountains you’re used to seeing.

There are six new fountains at the Champs-Élysées in Paris, and they've got an ultra-glam design element: Swarovski crystals. Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the new additions have a combined total of 3,060 crystals integrated throughout––but they're far from any traditional fountain design you've ever seen before.


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When you think of the fountains of Europe, traditional stone structures may come to mind. But the Bouroullec duo intentionally took a different route with this task. Each fountain towers into the treetops, measuring in at 42 feet tall. The geometric designs are eye-catching, in the kind of way gold catches your eye glimmering in the sunlight.


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Each fountain base rotates, according to Curbed, and water pours down over the crystals, adding another dimension of glitz. The fountain legs spout a spray toward the ground a few feet above the concrete, providing an intriguing juxtaposition of structure and chaos as the fountain meets its base.

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At night, strips of LED lights help the crystals continue their shine well into the dark hours. Surrounded by the more traditional and soft architecture of the Champs-Élysées, the new fountains were unveiled on March 21. You can find all six fountains right on the Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées.