Downtown Kansas City has almost 200 fountains. My favorites are in the in the Plaza area. Kansas City has an organization which focuses on the many fountains in the city (see the website listed below.) There is even a brochure which highlights the biggest and best (but not all) of Kansas City's fountains. See my travelogue for more pictures.
The boy and the frog are in the middle of the Plaza shops. The boy has been hanging around here for quite a while. It is located in Country Club Plaza. It is called "Boy and Frog" and is sculpture of bronze and Verona marble. Raffello Romanelli of Italy made the piece in 1928. It is a spoof on unusual things to see, with the boy having hands in the air while urinating on the frog; no the frog is spitting water on the boy? The J.C. Nichols fountain is one of the largest and most viewed which is on Wornal St near 47th St at the entry to Country Club Plaza. As serene as the Muse of the Missouri in downtown looks, it is right at the junction of bus stops with an element that you may not desire while looking for serenity
The city has over 30 reknowned fountains. Most are located in the central part of town by the Country Club Plaza. The building began in the early 1922 by J.C. Nichols, who built the Plaza and many residential subdivisions, when he also added some fountains. So, KC is aptly named city of fountains.
Kansas City likes to call itself the City of Fountains with over 200 man-made springs bursting forth when conditions allow. Certainly one of the most impressive is this fine fountain which dances and prances in front of the Union Station. Henry Bloch is one of the co-founders of H&R Block which was one of the nation’s leading tax preparing companies in the pre-computer days. The electronic age has been a bit difficult for Kansas City – Hallmark Cards, whose headquarters is just to the east of this fountain, comes to mind here – and H&R Block is no exception. Their glass wrapped headquarters building is to be found north on Main Street on the south fringe of downtown. The fountain is magical at night with the dancing waters lit up and the pseudo flames of the Liberty Memorial in the background.
See the fountains. Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains. It has more fountains than any city in the world, except Rome. I started a travelogue on fountains and will be adding more as I visit them.