Good thing it's winter.
Thinks: Even if the water WERE turned on, it would have frozen to ice, so there's no danger of my getting wet...
So a good opportunity to squeeze inside the Fastnachtsbrunnen (Karneval fountain) aka the Narrenbrunnen (Fools' Fountain) on the Schillerplatz and have a look at how it all works.
Of course, I'm none the wiser, because all you can see is the rather undecorative reverse of the structure, with only a few embellishments to hint at what's going on outside.
But it was renovated last year, removing decades of mineral deposits and other sundry grunge and it's scrubbed up quite well....
History lesson: The City Fathers asked around in 1963 whether some of the commercial outfits that had re-established themselves after the war would be prepared to donate towards a fountain celebrating Mainz's Carnival tradition. Ludwig Eckes, a drinks manufacturer from Nieder-Olm came up with the money, tenders went out, 234 proposals came back and the design is the result of a collaboration between Professor Blasius Spreng, a Munich artist and Helmut Gräf, a Mainz architect.
9 metres high, decorated with over 200 figures and allegorical thingies, a few of which you can see here.
Plus yesterday's Bacchanalian post.
Good thing I didn't crop him out.....
The rest of the gang's here with loads of good stuff.
Go and check them out