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This fountain, which appeared at the Royal Horticultural Society’s recent Chelsea Flower Show, was designed by noted British vacuum sexifier James Dyson. Inspired by Escher’s “Waterfall,” Dyson’s “Wrong Garden” incorporates a clever design to create the illusion that water flows up each of the four ramps before cascading over the end. A detail of how it really works is below. Massive props to Flickr user zeddy1200, whose photograph, shown above, seems to be the only decent hi-res image of the fountain online.

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Tim

    Heh, I remember seeing this back in… 2003 apparently. Very clever.

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic! Wish I had one.

  • Ethel Gray

    Water gardens are really amazing if it will have a design like this, this fountain is creating a great illusion.

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