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October 25, 2021 09:01 am

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The fountains conservation work for the winter has been completed.

October 1 in Moscow ended season of fountains. There are about 600 of them in the city: among them are traditional, dry, floating, musical and dynamic light. All of them were stopped until the spring of 2022. Employees of the municipal economy complex immediately began preparing for the winter and even for the next season. Conservation work completed last week, And during the winter, specialists will carry out the necessary repairs.

Conservation of fountains for the winter implies a whole range of technical measures. They are needed in order to protect structures and decorative elements from low temperatures and adverse weather conditions.

Republic girls for the winter

Specialists of the State Budgetary Institution “Gormost” have mothballed the “Friendship of Peoples” fountain, one of the symbols of VDNKh, for the winter. They drained the water from the bowls of the fountain and washed it with a high-pressure washer with detergent, purged the pipelines, and also dismantled the jet-forming elements.

Each fountain has its own characteristics when preparing for winter. For example, during the conservation of Friendship of Peoples, experts pay special attention to sculptures.


The sculptures are made of gold leaf. Over the summer, due to the action of water spray, limescale accumulates on them. Therefore, specialists work with sculptures as carefully as possible, manually clean them with soft brushes, and then rinse with water under pressure. In winter, sculptures of female republics will decorate the skating rink at VDNKh.

The figures of ornamental fish were covered with wooden boxes to protect them from snow and dirt. The bowl and the granite parapet of the fountain were treated with a special detergent, and the resulting foam was washed off with water.

Preparing for the cold

I am ready to meet winter and a light and music fountain in the Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve. This is one of the most unusual hydraulic structures in the capital. The fountain is located on the island and consists of 80 pumps, about four thousand lamps and a musical installation.

Since dismantling this entire large-scale structure every year is too long and economically unprofitable, experts have found another way out. The fountain, along with all the equipment, is covered with a special air-supported dome. It consists of eight sectors with a total weight of more than three tons and a central connecting piece – a washer. All sectors are fastened together with several thousand bolts and plates.


The dome was installed by almost 20 people. The operator on duty monitors his condition throughout the winter. It cleans the structure of snow and controls the operation of the fan, which maintains the air pressure under the dome.

In addition, during conservation, employees check the pumps, nozzles, waterproofing and fountain lighting. All defective parts are dismantled and sent for repair.

One of the oldest fountains in Moscow, Petrovsky, or Vitali, on Teatralnaya Square, was covered for the winter with a transparent dome made of polymer organic glass. Thus, sculptures of four bronze cupids can be seen even in winter. They will be decorated with lighting inside the bowl.

The Petrovsky fountain’s neighbor, Teatralny, located in front of the main entrance to the Bolshoi Theater, is also ready for wintering. In early October, specialists drained the water, washed the bowl and vase of the fountain, and also dismantled the underwater lights and jet-forming elements.

In addition to the standard fountains with bowls, conservation is also necessary for the floating fountains on the Moskva River Vodootvodny Canal. This complex is located on the water surface on both sides of the pedestrian Tretyakov Bridge, between the Kadashevskaya and Bolotnaya embankments.

In early October, specialists dismantled 16 floating fountain modules. The weight of each of them is about 300 kilograms, so the dismantling was carried out from a specially designed self-propelled pontoon on which a crane was installed. The modules will be stored in the Gormost workshops.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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