The fountain’s backdrop is a 75-foot-long radial-shaped trapezoid of granite standing 30 feet tall at its highest point. Granite’s permanence makes it an excellent choice to represent the U.S. space exploration program. Coldspring was selected to provide 875 square feet of Blue Pearl granite for the fountain. Freeport Fountains contacted Coldspring because of their experience working together on previous, successful projects. Schedule was critical to meeting the deadline for the grand opening of the new Visitor Complex entrance.
Coldspring was chosen for their ability to fabricate the radial facing, provide the desired laser etchings and meet the tight deadline. Having the Blue Pearl granite in block form on its premises was a key factor enabling Coldspring to meet the production schedule.
Coldspring’s Blue Pearl granite coordinates with NASA’s signature blue, and the polished finish provides an ideal surface for the sandblasting. The sandblasting includes a portrait of President John F. Kennedy, for whom the center is named, and a quote from his 1962 “moon speech” at Rice University.