The Life-Altering Effects of Water Features

The movement and sound of water emitted from a fountain have two health benefits: cleaning the air and proving a place of relaxation and peace, both of which will better your quality of life.

You might be pleased to learn of all the advantages of being around an indoor or outdoor garden fountain. alp_gxt686_2__48859.jpg All over the world coastal cities have large populations which may perhaps be related to the fact that the human body is composed largely of water. All living creatures need water to exist, and while you could move to an expensive house on the beach somewhere, a much easier and economical possibility is to install a water feature wherever you live.

Your patio, porch, or back yard can be improved by installing an outdoor garden fountain. You might be surprised how your beautiful outdoor space can be even more appealing with one of the many outdoor water elements on the market. A wonderful idea is to put one on the wall of your screened porch, or perhaps outside as part of your outdoor decor. Add elegance and the lovely music of trickling water to your flower bed with a tiered model. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to motionless water, signifies that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for cleaner water for wild birds. Complete your garden area with the calm sound of flowing water.

An Absolute Roman Wonder: The Santa Maria Water Feature in Cosmedin

Incredible finds of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Located in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the famous marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was situated off the beaten track, it remained relatively obscure. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a bleak and neglected part of the city. In order to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to create a fountain for the area. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the task to lay down the foundation of the church. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated and medals bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also thrown in.

Contemporary Garden Decor: Outdoor Fountains and their Beginnings

The dramatic or decorative effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, in addition to delivering drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to provide potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages.

Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water source, including aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. The main materials used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create smaller variations of the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt their positions by adding decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to bring recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Modern-day fountains serve mostly as decoration for community spaces, to honor individuals or events, and compliment entertainment and recreational activities.

The Multiple Styles of Wall Water Fountains

A small patio or a courtyard is a great place to put your wall fountain when you seek out peace and quiet. You can have one made to fit your requirements even if you have a small amount of space.

A spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump are vital for freestanding as well as mounted types. You have many models to a lot to pick from whether you are searching for a traditional, modern, classical, or Asian style.

With its basin laid on the ground, freestanding wall fountains, or floor fountains, are generally quite large in size.

You can choose to put your wall-mounted fountain on an existing wall or build it into a new wall. A cohesive look can be realized with this style of water feature because it seems to become part of the landscape rather than an added element.

Guidelines for Installing an Outdoor Water Element

A water source and an electrical outlet are two important items that many people do not take into account when determining where they want to put in their garden fountain. The delight of owning one occasionally causes people to forget the technical details when setting it up for the first time. If you require an extension cord to reach a 120v wall socket, feel free to use one, as conventional power cords are only 12 feet long. You will also need to have a water supply close by so that you can easily fill your water fountain.

It is difficult to move water from one place to another. A nearby hose can make filling the fountain much easier. The ideal setup is with a water fountain autofill, but this has to be connected to an external water line and requires a professional to install it.

Ways to Incorporate the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Yard

Introduce feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can carry energy into your household.

Do not worry if your garden is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. Of course, a large area is great if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your house can be used in the garden. The initial task is to figure out the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

Before getting underway, make sure you understand the five elements of feng shui so that you can maximize their energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast section of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might consider putting some into a tranquil Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

A water element is a suitable add-on to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).


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