The Tyler Davidson Fountain or The Genius of Water is a statue and fountain located in Cincinnati
. It is regarded as the city's symbol and one of the area's most-visited attractions. It was dedicated in 1871 and is the centerpiece of Fountain Square
, a hardscape plaza at the corner of 5th and Vine Streets in the downtown area. It is surrounded by stores, hotels, restaurants and offices.
Originally, and for more than 130 years, it was located in the center of 5th Street (Fountain Square's original configuration), immediately west of Walnut Street. In 2006, renovations were undertaken to Fountain Square, and the Tyler Davidson Fountain was temporarily removed.When reinstalled it was relocated to a much wider space near the north end of the reconfigured square, closer to the Fifth Third Bank Building and away from street traffic. The fountain is turned off for the winter months and turned on again in time for the first home game of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds, the oldest professional baseball team, in April.
The 43-foot-tall (13 m) fountain is cast in bronze and sits on a granite base. It features a 9-foot-tall (2.7 m) bronze statue of a woman with outstretched hands, out of which flow streams of water. Several smaller central human figures represent the practical uses of water and four outer figures with animals represent the pleasures of water. These are working drinking fountains from which passersby can drink. Panels on its lower part depict the industrial uses of water.
The construct is made of approximately 24 short tons (22 t) of bronze and 85 short tons (77 t) of granite. It is estimated that 500 US gallons (1,900 l) of water flow through it every minute.Fountain Square reopened on October 14, 2006 with an elaborate ceremony that included different stages for multiple bands, food, beer and fireworks.
The fountain continues to be a backdrop for various cultural events in Cincinnati: movie nights, game shows, and the ice rink which opens in the winter.The fountain is most familiar to non-Cincinnati residents for being featured in the opening credits (at its former location) of the television series WKRP in Cincinnati.