One thing I love about childhood is the focus on wishes and the many opportunities to make them: wishing upon a star, the wishbone at the conclusion of Thanksgiving dinner, throwing a penny into a fountain as you make a wish. However, as we get older it feels like wishes are often reserved just for birthdays.
Adults still have wishes, though, which is why I was excited to hear how BMO Harris Bank is marking its 200th year. (And bicentennials really do call for big celebrations!)
They’ve put a modern twist on an old idea that pays homage to the centuries-old tradition of making a wish by tossing a coin into a fountain. They’ve inviting everyone in the community to make their own wishes through the BMO200 fountain. And, you never know when a wish will be granted!
You can find the fountain in Chicago outside The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Avenue, on level 1 nearest the Nordstrom mall entrance. At 17 feet high, you can’t miss it!
The interactive installation is reminiscent of a very big wishing well. That means you need to bring your big wishes, right? While most fountains use water, this one uses thousands of flip dots – the traditional technology used in destination boards at train stations – to create a unique ripple effect every time a wish is made.
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