Dexter Filming Locations: The Fountain


The location: The Fountain.

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A large, outdoor fountain.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami, Florida.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 1 (of Season 1), "Dexter".

    It is the site of the second crime scene investigation: the 'Ice Truck Killer' has displayed his second victim's dismembered, bloodless body in front of this large fountain.

    The scene starts after dark, when Dexter and his pseudo-girlfriend Rita attend some sort of outdoor crab festival, complete with live reggae music and dancing.

    Dexter, watching people furiously smash the crab legs with hammers, remarks that "normal people are so hostile".

    Just then, Dexter notices that the police have arrived nearby, and have set up a perimeter with yellow tape.

    He leaves Rita behind, and heads over to the crime scene, where sees the body and recognizes it as the work of the same serial killer who left the body in the swimming pool at the Seven Seas Motel.

    Angel complains about the killer making them work on a Friday night, then tells Dexter that this time the killer took the victim's head with him.

    (That missing head will come back into play later - on the drawbridge.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A large outdoor fountain.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. In a public park.

    Like most (but not all) of the "Ice Truck Killer"'s murder scenes, this one was actually filmed in Miami.

    The fountain is known as the Pepper Fountain (named after Claude & Mildred Pepper), and you'll find it in Bayfront Park, at 301 Biscayne Blvd, right on the coast of Biscayne Bay.

    That's about five miles south of the Seven Seas Motel (seen earlier in the same episode), and about nine miles southeast of Dexter's apartment.

    In the scene, where we can see the body lying in front of the fountain, the camera is looking north.

    The fountain was designed by famed landscape architect, Isamu Noguchi (who also created a small art park at South Coast Plaza).

    • The earlier crab-pounding party scenes were shot in the same park, just south of the fountain. (Dexter walks north from the crab fest to reach the fountain.)

    Here is an aerial photo of the location. And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. This was a fairly easy one.

    At first, I wasn't sure if the fountain was in Miami or L.A. But in case it was in Miami, I Googled the term "Miami Fountain", and up popped a photo the "Dexter" fountain.

    Then, it was just a matter of tracking down its name and location. Fortunately, the person who had posted the photo also mentioned that it was in Bayfront Park. So I just Googled "Bayfront Park", got the park's address, then verified it via Live Local Birds-Eye View aerial photos. A little more research game me the fountain's name.

    In April 2012, a Florida fan, Chuck, sent me this photo of the fountain:

    (Thanks, Chuck!)

    And in October 2012, Victor sent me this photo of the fountain:

    (Thanks, Victor!)

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