Contemporary Garden Decor: Fountains and their Beginnings

The dramatic or ornamental 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.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. 53238sl__00279.jpg Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains operated using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only utilized 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 commonly seen on Roman fountains. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. 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. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the spot where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Urban fountains made at the end of the nineteenth served only as decorative and celebratory adornments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

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

A Small Garden Area? You Can Have a Water Fountain too!

Since water causes a reflection, small spaces will appear bigger. Increasing the reflective aspects of a fountain or water feature are possible by using dark materials. Use underwater lights, which come in many different forms and colors, to flaunt your new feature at night. Sunshine is required to power eco-lights during the day time while submerged lights are great for night use. The calming effect produced by these is oftentimes used in nature techniques to alleviate anxiety and stress.

The foliage in your yard is a great spot to fit in your water feature. Turn your water feature such as a pond, artificial river, or fountain to turn the central component of your backyard. Small verandas or large gardens is the perfect place to put in a water feature. The best way to improve the ambience, position it in a good place and use the right accompaniments.

A Magnificent Example of Roman Know-How: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain

Both Christian and pagan articles have been found in by the load by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Found in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was relatively unknown and situated far from sight making it difficult to visit. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a sad and deserted part of the city. As part of an effort to revitalize the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to take on the job. The job of laying down the church’s first stones 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 tossed in.

Anglo Saxon Grounds at the Time of the Norman Conquest

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was considerably changed by the appearance of the Normans in the later eleventh century. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. Still, home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the general population.

Monasteries and castles served different functions, so while monasteries were massive stone structures built in only the most productive, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the occupants focused on learning offensive and defensive techniques. Relaxing pursuits such as gardening were out of place in these destitute citadels. Berkeley Castle, potentially the most uncorrupted model of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists today. It is said that the keep was introduced during William the Conqueror's time. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an obstacle to attackers wanting to dig under the castle walls. On one of these parapets is a scenic bowling green covered in grass and surrounded by an aged hedge of yew that has been designed into coarse battlements.

Select from Any Number of Exterior Wall Fountain Designs

Wall fountains are well suited to small patios or gardens because they do not require too much space while also adding a bit of flair and providing a great place to find peace and quiet. Traditional, antique, modern, or Asian are just a few of the styles you can pick from when looking for an outdoor wall fountain to your liking. If you are looking for a unique design, a custom-built one can be specially made to meet your specifications.

There are two distinct sorts of fountains you can buy: mounted and free-standing.

You can place a mounted wall fountain because they are little and self-contained. Wall fountains made of resin (resembling stone) or fiberglass are typically light so they can be easily hung. Sizable free-standing wall fountains, often referred to as floor fountains, have their basins positioned on the floor and a smooth side leaning on a wall. Typically made of cast stone, these water features have no weight limitations.

Customized fountains which can be integrated into a new or existing wall are often prescribed by landscaping designers. The basin and all the necessary plumbing are best installed by a trained mason. You will need to integrate a spout or fountain mask into the wall. The unified look produced by customized wall fountains make them appear to be part of the scenery instead of an afterthought.

Tiered Water Elements for your Backyard

Fountains with more than one level are very easy to find, and common above all in gardens. The nations in the southern portion of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. The courtyards of buildings and communal areas are just a couple the places you might see one. Tiered fountains come in a wide range of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively basic types.

Any area can be embellished with one, even though a more conventional setting is sometimes more suitable. The fountain should blend right into the setting as if it has been there since the beginning.


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