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The Bucket Fountain is one of the quirkiest and most well known landmarks of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. The fountain consists of a series of buckets that fill with water until they tip, spilling their load into the buckets and pool below. However, instead of reaching the buckets below, much of the water just splashes outside the fountain onto unfortunate pedestrians and onlookers. The fountain is located in Cuba Mall, which is part of Cuba Street.

Designed by architects and town planning consultants Burren and Keen, the Bucket Fountain was constructed in 1969 as part of the Cuba Street Pedestrian Mall. The fountain was designed such that the buckets regularly tip its contents out onto the pavement, rather than into the buckets below. The pipes that fill the top buckets were deliberately made short so that on windy days a lot of water gets blown away before reaching the buckets.

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