Modern Garden Decoration: Fountains and their Beginnings

The incredible architecture of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complete your home. 526_navy_open_both__12525.jpg

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the area. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were frequently seen on Roman fountains. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were intended to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to extol their positions by including beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Urban fountains made at the end of the 19th century functioned only as decorative and celebratory adornments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

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

The Pull of Tiered Fountains

For many years now now, multi-tiered fountains have been prevalent, especially in gardens. These types of fountains are popular in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean nations. Typical places to see them are in courtyards and city squares. Beautiful carvings can be found on some of the most elaborate tiered fountains, while others have less complex designs.

People love to showcase them in spots having a classic look and feel. If done properly, anyone seeing the fountain will believe it has been there forever.

The Advantages of Pondless Water Features in your Yard

The name “pondless fountain” is just another way to refer to a disappearing fountain. The water flows from an underground supply, hence the name. Disappearing fountains should be installed near any place people hang out regularly, as they add so much to the surrounding area. They are available in an array of unique styles including waterfalls, columns made of granite, ceramic pots, and millstones.

There are many unique advantages to a disappearing fountain as opposed to other fountains. Any danger to anyone standing around it is averted since the water source is beneath ground level. This means that kids can safely hang out around it. Moreover, no water will evaporate since it is not exposed to the open air. This type of fountain, therefore, is a good option for areas where there is a need to reduce water consumption. The water source will remain uncontaminated and free of debris since it is below gound and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to spend a lot of time cleaning it. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit almost anywhere you like.

Do Pets Like Garden Fountains?

Take into account how your cat or dog may react to a water feature before you get one. Pets such as dogs may mistake your freestanding fountain with a large pool to cool down in or a pond from which to drink. Integrating a water feature to your property is a great idea, one which is certain to benefit your pets.

You should take into account the fact that birds may think they have found a new place to bathe when they see your fountain so think carefully where you put it. If you want to purposely entice birds, however, installing a birdbath is a good solution. Setting up a wall water fountain inside your house is a good option if you want to avoid such issues. It is common to see these kinds of fountains in dental or medical workplaces as well as in glamorous homes.

The Splendid Santa Maria in Cosmedin Waterwork in Rome

Both Christian and pagan articles have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Situated in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the acclaimed marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. Since the nearby area was gloomy and mostly abandoned, people were not particularly interested in visiting it. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The work of laying down the church’s foundation began on August 17, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated and medals bearing the illustrations of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also thrown in.

Ways Feng Shui Turn Your Garden into a Haven

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

Do not be concerned if your garden is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. It is terrific to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can always introduce feng shui design.

Feng shui techniques are the same whether you are working in your garden or your house. Since the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your home's bagua, you will need to start by understanding the bagua of the house.

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

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be integrated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal improvement energy. The ideal addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a peaceful Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

A water feature is a perfect addition to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).


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