So, you know that the economy is doing really strange things my doctor's office can afford to take over a really lovely modern building on a brand new corporate campus, but that's what led me to stumble upon this lovely fountain, so this article is a little thanks to the weird economy having a silver lining.
What got me to stop and take a photo is the amazing amount of texture in this fountain. The basic premise is simple enough: water spills from the upper wall onto the secondary wall, and also spills out of the top of the secondary wall. The water from both runs over a textured stone to create a whitewater effect (that I hope you can see in the photos). This texture means that the fountain has a dancing sound, that, sadly, you can't hear. But you'll just have to trust me- it is very peaceful.
This is a close-up of the top of the secondary wall. See how they have created a well so that the water is forced to spill over the wall in a very uniform way? If you want a fountain that creates this whitewater effect, that's the way to get it. Otherwise, the water may spill out unevenly.
The scale of this feature is obviously too big for a residential garden, but I do think the takeaway lessons here are good ones: 1) texture is an amazing thing, 2) if you want water to spill evenly, you have to make a trough for it to come out of, and 3) let people play in the fountain 'cause life is so much more fun that way.