Travelers from around the globe whose journeys intersect at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) are often spotted marveling at the Water Feature located in the center of McNamara Terminal, Concourse A. Inspired by the graceful lines of a flight map, the Water Feature which consists of 45 “leap frog” devices that shoot streams of laminar water flow was designed by WET Design of Burbank, Calif.--famous for its notable creations for the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla., and Dubai’s Hotel Burj al Arab.
In the words of its designers, the 39-ft. wide, elliptical-shaped black granite Water Feature “invites harried travelers into a sphere of reverie and calm-making this airport oasis a destination within itself… where travelers can carve out a space to meet with friends or pause for a moment of quiet reflection.” A “waterskin pump” keeps water continually flowing across the black granite surface, adding to the beauty of the Water Feature, but sometimes surprising unsuspecting passengers when they put their hand on the black granite surface.
Travelers with more time to spend at DTW often relax in the comfortable lounge area surrounding the Water Feature—which also affords visitors with floor-to-ceiling views of aircraft and airport operations.
For others, the Water Feature’s multiple vantage points make it an ideal meeting point for groups of travelers after they have wandered-off to explore the terminal’s many shops and restaurants.
The coins tossed onto the Water Feature by visiting passengers really do help wishes come true. Coins are periodically collected off of the Water Feature and are donated to both local and national non-profit organizations.