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Getty Drains Fountains Because of Drought

Only pools and fountains where fish and plants live, and and the Central Garden, which is a living sculpture, have been left on.

The Getty Center. Patch file photo.
The Getty Center. Patch file photo.

The reflecting pool at the Getty Villa has been drained, and the fountains at the Getty Center were turned off this week as part of an effort to conserve water during California's severe drought.

Only pools and fountains where fish and plants live, and and the Central Garden, which is a living sculpture by artist Robert Irwin and a part of the Museum's art collection, have been left on, according to Getty officials.

"We thought it was our responsibility and we hope it will encourage other people to do it," Ron Hartwig, vice president of communications for the J. Paul Getty Trust told Video News West.

Turning off the water features at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa saves nearly 2,500 gallons a day, according to Hartwig. The decision was made after Gov. Jerry Brown urged Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent.

"It's always a toss up to decide whether or not you should take an action. In this case, the governor asked us and we felt it was our responsibility to do so," Hartwig said.

The Getty has reduced water consumption by 55 percent since the Getty Center opened in 1997. Hartwig said there are still many reasons to visit the Getty even though some water features have been turned off.

"I think visitors understand that we are in a terrific drought situation and people should do what they are supposed to do," Hartwig said.

--City News Service


Young White Chick June 19, 2014 at 03:05 PM
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