The Life-Altering Benefits of Water Fountains

115118-10903__23033.jpg The movement and sound of water generated from a fountain have two health benefits: cleaning the air and proving a place of relaxation and serenity, both of which will improve your quality of life.

There are many advantages to having an indoor or outdoor water fountain which you may not even understand. All over the world coastal cities have large populations which may perhaps be related to the fact that the human body consists primarily of water. All living creatures need water to exist, and while you could move to a pricey house on the beach somewhere, a much easier and cheaper option is to install a water feature wherever you live.

Improve any outdoor area by adding a beautiful outdoor garden fountain. You might be amazed how your beautiful outdoor space can be even more attractive with one of the many outdoor water features on the market. If you have a screened porch, consider installing one there, or if not, then on the external wall above your patio. Add charm and the lovely sound of flowing water to your flower bed with a tiered model. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to unmoving water, means that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for healthier water for wild birds. The final touch your garden area needs to be a haven of serenity is the sound of water in motion.

Reasons to Think About Putting in a Pondless Water Feature in your Garden

There are two names for this style of fountain: “disappearing” and “pondless”. The water rises from a covered supply, hence the name. Any spot where there are people, such as a walking path, is perfect for a disappearing fountain since it adds calming sounds and a lovely visual effect. They are available in a range of unique styles including waterfalls, columns made of granite, ceramic pots, and millstones.

Disappearing fountains also have many added merits. Since the water source is below ground, there is no open water to pose a threat to those around it. Consequently, it poses no risk to children. Moreover, you will not need to stress about losing water to evaporation since it is stored underground.

Other types of fountains use more water due to evaporation. The time needed on maintenanceis also minimized since algae does not grow underground and rubbish can not get into the water source. Lastly, it is easier to find a place for it due to its small proportions.

From Where Did Garden Water Fountains Originate from?

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for a noteworthy effect.

Pure practicality was the original purpose of fountains. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to provide potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated using 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 an optimal source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and celebrate the artist. 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 included fountains to create mini depictions of the gardens of paradise. To show his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. 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.

Indoor plumbing became the key 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 enabled fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

These days, fountains decorate public areas and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

Pets and Garden Fountains

House pets may be dubious of a new water feature so make sure to take them into consideration before buying one. Pets such as dogs may confuse your freestanding fountain with a large pool to cool off in or a pond from which to drink. Think about setting up a water fountain in your yard since it is a feature that will affect your treasured pets positively.

Your fountain may draw in birds who think it is a fantastic place to cool down, so it is important to think about where you will place this type of water feature. Add a birdbath if your goal is to draw birds to your property. 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 practices as well as in lavish homes.

The Outcome of the Norman Invasion on Anglo-Saxon Garden Design

The advent of the Normans in the latter half of the 11th century significantly altered The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. The ability of the Normans exceeded the Anglo-Saxons' in architecture and agriculture at the time of the conquest. But nevertheless home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the general population. Monasteries and castles served separate purposes, so while monasteries were large stone structures constructed in only the most fruitful, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the residents focused on understanding offensive and defensive tactics. The calm method of gardening was impractical in these bleak bastions. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is portrayed in Berkeley Castle, which is most likely the most unscathed example we have. It is said that the keep was developed during William the Conqueror's time. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an obstruction to attackers wanting to excavate under the castle walls. A picturesque bowling green, enveloped in grass and bordered by battlements clipped out of an ancient yew hedge, forms one of the terraces.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Display Worthy of Viewing

Amazing finds of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a recognized marble sculpture situated at the entrance of the nearby basilica. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited.

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 design a water fountain for the area. Work on the church's infrastructure began on on August 11, 1717. The consecration of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.


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