On Wednesday, June 8, Riga Vice-Mayor Andris Ameriks, ABLV Charitable Foundation Board Chairwoman Zanda Zilgalve and new technology developers Kristaps Banga and Mārtiņš Dāboliņš, accompanied by a hundred children, opened the unique interactive fountain Moses in Kronvalda Park. Any person can become the “conductor” of the fountain, motioning water spouts to rise and fall without ever touching the water.
Now any passerby can give it a try, at any hour of the day or night. The interactive solution will be available to the public every fountain season, which in Riga usually lasts from May to the beginning of November.
“Every private initiative to make Riga more beautiful and attractive is highly welcome. I have no doubt that this interactive fountain, a feature of a smart and modern city, will become a very popular attraction and meeting place. I am truly happy and proud that Riga has become home to a project unique to the entire Europe, which proves once again that nothing is impossible for Riga,” said Andris Ameriks.
Restoration of the largest fountain in Riga, located in Kronvalda Park near Riga Congress Center, is the first urban beautification project carried out by ABLV Charitable Foundation – to be followed by more such projects in the years to come.
“The fountain is the first interactive solution of this kind in Europe. In addition to historical attractions, contemporary urban environment also has to have new architectonic landmarks that generate joy and vitality. I encourage people to come up with new ideas for our foundation, so together we could take better care of Riga, making it a better place for us and guests of the city,” said ABLV Charitable Foundation Board Chairwoman Zanda Zilgalve.
During the event, which brought together more than 100 children from kindergartens and summer camps in the center of Riga, the authors of the idea of the fountain, multimedia laboratory Connection Codes co-founders Kristaps Banga and Mārtiņš Dāboliņš said:
“Fountains have been skirted by technological progress for the past five years, but now we have produced a game-changing innovation in Latvia. It means renaissance to fountains as well as the areas where the fountains are located.”
Speaking to the Labs of Latvia web-site, Banga urged society of Latvia to appreciate and respect such attractions, as enormous amount of work had went into it. “If we want Latvia to have innovations of European level, we ourselves have to become European-level persons,” said the Connection Codes head.