Dyson’s Up Hill Fountain

Architecture & Interiors

Can water flow up stream? Well, the Nile does. What about up hill? Well according to James Dyson, of vacuum cleaner fame, it does. Or it is an illusion? It is indeed and well done.


The secret is deceptively simple: the water is actually flowing inside and through the tanks and being propelled through small openings at the highest corner of the tanks. The stream flowing “up” the tanks is actually flowing down after spilling through the openings, but the illusion is so effective that it is hard to identify the trick even when looking right at it. Will we see home versions of the baffling illusion anytime soon? People involved in the Dyson project think it could be recreated on a smaller scale even though they are unwilling to share exactly how the illusion was achieved. Until the vacuum giant starts selling a DIY kit, duplicators are on their own.


This fountain, part of an overall garden design dubbed “The Wrong Garden,” was created by Dyson for the Royal Horticultural Society’s 2003 Chelsea Flower Show. Like everything else designed by Dyson, it accomplishes a seemingly impossible task with highly astonishing style: in this case, it makes water flow uphill.
photo credit:  zeddy1200.

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  2. Architecture Linked

    May 25, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Brilliant! I love it!

  3. Scot

    May 29, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Super cool! Dyson seems to have that rare mix of engineering and aesthetic design skills.

    Just tweeted your post out to our followers on @lochnessponds.

  4. Richard

    May 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    That’s beautiful.I had never seen like this.This will for sure increase the beauty of the house.

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