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Wed 9 May 2007 01:05 PM

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'Magic' waterfalls make a splash in UAE

Cityscape special: a glowing graphical fountain wowed crowds at the Abu Dhabi exhibition.

Graphical - and, apparently, 'magic' - waterfalls were unveiled for the first time in the Middle East yesterday at Cityscape Abu Dhabi.

The 'Magic' waterfalls, or fountains, can create vivid graphic patterns and messages in a variety of languages including English, Japanese and Arabic.

The images are computer-generated and created entirely from individual water droplets. Customised computer software controls the droplets so that they fall precisely to create glowing images and words.

"Lots of people ask if it is a video projection... but it is not, nor is it lighting effect, it is simply the most advanced water technology available," said Carlos Pissarra, CEO of GHESA Fountains.

"The 'magic' waterfall can write phrases in any language, draw any type of logo and make mesmerising water effects."

Besides a variety of pre-programmed 'rainfall' patterns to choose from, the fountains can also be programmed to display specific personal designs developed by kinetic graphic images.

GHESA has over 3,000 fountains around the world and aims to bring its waterfall technology to the Middle East. The company opened its first office in the UAE last October in Dubai.

"Our objective is to bring to the Middle East fountains with innovative technology and original designs to produce amazing water effects," Pissarra said.

The 'Magic' waterfalls were invented by Steven Pevnick of Pevnick Design, GHESA's partner for this product.

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