‘Floating tap’ fountain/exhibit

Giant tap
Credit: Donald Whannell
Credit: Fiona Langston
Floating tap
Credit: Isobel Bowditch
Giant Tap
Credit: Richard East
Sponsor, if appropriate

Cumbernauld Development Corporation

Type of object

Sculpture or other artwork

Current situation



Part of Cumbernauld’s New Generation garden. Was visible for some years at Caulders Garden Centre, Cumbernauld, from M80 motorway. Since absent.


  1. Emma Stewart says:

    Hi, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this in my youth (brought up in Bearsden, born 1976) and I think it was in a garden centre or visitor centre in the central belt somewhere. It was something I’m sure I used to see several times so I think it was in the area around Glasgow. I recall seeing it once with the water not flowing and realising it was a clear plastic tube that held it up and made the water column. Not sure if that helps at all.

  2. Alec McDonald says:

    Pretty sure the floating tap and hand fork / trowel were sited for many years after at a Cumbernauld (westerwood) garden centre. Became Dobbie’s, then Caulder’s garden centre. Was visible from the M80

  3. Andy Richards says:

    The Landmark Centre in Carrbridge has a large floating tap – might be this item.

    1. I’m sorry to say it’s an impostor. The hunt continues…

  4. Jamie Smith says:

    May have been at Ripleys Believe it or Not on Great Yarmouth seafront.

    1. Think that might have been a different tap, but will check!

  5. Sharon Maher says:

    Hi, we use to see the giant tap from either the M5 or A30 on our way to Cornwall every year. It could be seen clearly from the road. It was either in a garden centre or something like a plumbers merchants. Every year I use to shout “it’s the tap from Glasgow!” But of course my kids had no idea what I was going on about. Good luck.

  6. Iain Sutherland says:

    Hi I am watching a video on Butlins Skegness and they have a tap just like this, though blue.

    1. Thanks for letting us know. But that tap is a red herring, I’m afraid (as is the one at Landmark Forest Adventure Park).

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