MINSK, 3 July (BelTA) – The fountain Sberbank has gifted to the Belarusian capital city on the occasion of Independence Day embellishes Belarus. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed his opinion of the gift as he met with President, Chairman of the Executive Board of PAO Sberbank of Russia Herman Gref on 3 July, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Those, who have seen it, like it very much. It truly embellishes our country. I am deeply grateful to you for it.”
The unusual fountain has been installed in Yanka Kupala Park on the Svisloch River. It is a gift Sberbank of Russia has bestowed upon the Belarusian capital on the occasion of Independence Day.
The construction of the fountain began in February 2020. BPS-Sberbank allocated over Br6 million for the project.
The fountain is a multiformat educational platform run by a sophisticated software suite. It is equipped with video projectors and lasers in order to project imagery onto a water screen.
The fountain can operate over 200 jets of water that can go as high as 30 meters. The jets of water can also create various effects and transformations.
The fountain is expected to stage a light and music show every night from 22:00 till 23:00.
Aleksandr Lukashenko and Herman Gref discussed the construction of the unusual fountain in Minsk exactly one year ago. After meeting with the Belarusian head of state back then Herman Gref said: “Sberbank has come up with a new technology to combine light, sound, water, and image with an educational function. We put a lot of efforts into education. And we've come up with an educational fountain with lights and music. Aleksandr Grigoryevich [Lukashenko] learned about it and asked us to create such a fountain in Minsk. He and I agreed today that a presidential decree will be issued and we will go all out to implement this project here in Minsk next year by Belarus' Independence Day.”
The first multimedia fountain created at Sberbank's expense was built in Petergof in 2018. Several fountains of the kind are now used in Russia – in Saratov, Petergof, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad, Vladimir, Ryazan, and Voronezh.