Minneapolis, Minnesota - Pen and Ink - 1998
One of Minneapolis’ most well-known fountains is Loring Park’s Berger Fountain - the ‘Dandelion Fountain’. It was created and donated by Parks Commissioner Benjamin Berger - who at the time owned a chain of movie theaters and was president of the then-local Minneapolis Lakers basketball team. “Berger saw a dandelion-style fountain in Melbourne, Australia, and wanted to have it duplicated for Minneapolis. Recreating the fountain turned out to be much more expensive than Berger had planned. But then he had a windfall at his movie theaters. He got stuck with screening ‘The Exorcist’, 1973. No one else wanted the movie, and he got stuck with it. But it ended up being wildly successful, and Berger did well off it. He said he sold enough popcorn for that movie that he had enough money to pay for the fountain”, Minneapolis parks historian Dave Smith.
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