A Wall Water Feature to Fit Your Design

kay-97120__39025.jpg You can find tranquility and quiet when you add a wall fountain in your backyard or patio. Even a small space can contain a customized one. A spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump are necessary for freestanding as well as mounted styles. There are any variety of models to choose from including traditional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.

Freestanding wall fountains, commonly known as floor fountains, are considerably big and feature a basin on the ground.

A stand-alone fountain can either be integrated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. Integrating this type of water feature into your landscape adds a cohesiveness to the look you want to achieve rather than making it seem as if the fountain was merely added later.

The Genesis Of Garden Fountains

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

The primary purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. Residents of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains had to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow downwards or shoot high into the air. Artists thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and honor the artist responsible for creating it. Roman fountains often depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. Throughout 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. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains built to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

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

Decorating city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the uses of modern-day fountains.

Commonplace Water Features Seen in Japanese Landscapes

A water feature is an important part of any Japanese garden. They tend to be placed right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing.

It is uncommon to see extravagantly-designed Japanese fountains since the focus is supposed to be on the water itself.

Bamboo is a widely accepted material to use for spouts and therefore often incorporated into water fountains. The basin, which tends to be built of stones, receives the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. In addition, it is important to the overall look that it appear as if it has been outside for a long time. It is essential that the overall look of the fountain fits in with the natural setting, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. Clearly this fountain is much more than merely a pretty add-on.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. After some years it begins to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss blankets the stone.

If you are fortunate enough to have a big plot of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Nice add-ons include a babbling brook or tiny pool with koi in it.

However, water does not have to be an addition in a Japanese water fountain.

Attractive rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water. The illusion of a creek with running water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.

The Wondrous Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Display in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have come upon a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The nearby basilica is largely for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not often visited. Due to the fact that the nearby area was gloomy and mostly uninhabited, visitors were not particularly interested in visiting it. As part of a project to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to take on the job. August 11. 1717 was the date when work on the church’s foundation began. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed 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.

Understanding Self-Contained Water Features

Since self-contained fountains are both inexpensive and easy to install, they are very trendy. The plumbing, pump, and other materials come with the fountain. An additional meaning of “self-contained” is a fountain which includes its own a water source.

Since they do not involve much work to set up, self-contained fountains are ideal for patios and porches. Their versatility is also an advantage, as they are very simple to move around.

The landscaper will first inspect that the place where you want your fountain to go is level. Any lumps can easily be evened out by your landscaper. Your water feature is now prepared for setup and the addition of water. The remaining step is to plug it into a socket, a solar panel, or batteries.

If you need a fountain that will not require an outside water source or additional plumbing, a self-contained fountain is best. Many people position them in the middle of the garden, but they can really go anywhere. A variety of common materials can be used for fountains including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Ways to Include the Positive Aspects of Feng Shui to Your Garden

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

When adding feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small space works. If you have a lush, beautiful one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design.

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

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should understand how to apply each of them to maximize the energy.

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is important to integrate it. The ideal addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a serene Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Give some thought to integrating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).


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