James Dyson’s Waterfall flows uphill, four times!

by Mark R

dyson_fountainI’ve always wanted to have a garden with a waterfall, but what if I had a garden with four waterfalls? Better yet, what if I had a garden with four waterfalls that went uphill?

No, this isn’t some sort of waterfall garden in some Land of Broken Laws of Physics, but the Chelsea Garden Show in New York this year. This “Wrong Garden”, designed by James Dyson, took about one year to create, and was inspired by the uphill waterfalls from artist M.C. Escher.

In case you can’t read the tiny print from the illustration, the waterfall works with air pumped from a sealed tank with bubbles rising to make the illusion of uphill flowing water.

It certainly is one of the most creative things that I have seen in a long time. I can’t help but wonder what would happen if you put a paper boat on the Wrong Garden. Would the boat float up hill before it would plummet over the falls? And assuming it survived the fall, would it be able to flow uphill again?

Personally, I wouldn’t mind making this Wrong Garden bigger, and building a house in the middle of it. Of course, I wouldn’t know how to get my car in and out of the driveway. Maybe you can make an arch in one of the ramps.


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