Free Spirit - April 27, 2018

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Friday, 27 April

Inside Geneva’s Iconic Jet d’Eau

The world-famous Jet d’Eau dates back to the 19th century. Its white plume rises 140m into the air from a stone jetty on the lakeside at Eaux-Vives; that is about 50m higher than the Statue of Liberty.

Turned on each morning by caretakers whose job it is to keep the fountain working, the Jet d’Eau is one of the city’s most famous landmarks, and is considered to symbolise the city’s ambition and vitality – a mark of its international status.

Where did the idea come from to build a fountain in the harbour? The first Jet d’Eau actually came about because of technical issues. “It’s a bit of a fluke that there’s a water jet in Geneva,” jokes Hervé Guinand, a member of the environmental department at Services Industriels de Genève (SIG), which operates the attraction.

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