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

win270s__59481.jpg Both Christian and pagan artifacts have been found in by the load by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The well-known marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. The part of town where it was situated was forlorn and uninviting which was enough to keep visitors away. 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 feature for the area. August 11. 1717 was when work on the church’s foundation commenced. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated and medallions 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.

The Importance of Water Features in Japanese Gardens

No Japanese garden is finished without a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. Since water is meant to be the focal point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Many people also get a water fountain that includes a bamboo spout. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically constructed of natural stones, and water trickles out. It should have a worn-down, weathered look and feel as well. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people normally decorate it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. Clearly, this fountain is something more than just a basic decoration.

If you are hoping for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain crafted of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. Over the years it begins to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss covers 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. Think about adding a beautiful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

Water, though, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. It is acceptable to use representations of water in place of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones.

You can also collect flat stones and position them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Choose from Countless Outdoor Wall Fountain Styles

If you want to create a place to relax and add some pizzazz to a small area such as a patio or courtyard, wall fountains are perfect because they do not occupy much space. Traditional, antique, contemporary, or Asian are just a few of the styles you can pick from when looking for an outdoor wall fountain to your liking. It is possible to have one custom-made if you are unable to find a prefabricated fountain to suit you.

The two kinds of water features available to you include mounted and freestanding models. Little, self-contained mounted wall fountains can be hung on any surface. Ordinarily made of resin (to look like stone) or fiber glass, these kinds of fountains are lightweight and easy to hang. Floor fountains are freestanding, big, and also have a basin on the floor as well as a flat side against the wall. Typically composed of cast stone, this type of water feature is not limited in weight.

Many skilled landscapers favor custom-built fountains which can be incorporated into a brand-new wall or an existing one. Hiring an expert mason is your best option to construct the basin and install the essential plumbing. The wall will have to have a spout or fountain mask built into it. Custom-built wall fountains contribute to a unified appearance because they become part of the scenery rather than look like a later addition.

Contained Water Elements: Are They Helpful?

Self-Contained fountains are inexpensive and simple to install and are therefore quite common. The plumbing, pump, and other parts come included with the fountain. A second meaning of “self-contained” is a fountain which comes with its own a water source.

Stand-alone water fountains are quite easy to install making them the perfect option for your patio or veranda. Their mobility is also an advantage, as they are very uncomplicated to move around.

The place you want to put your fountain will need to be even, so your landscaper will need to first decide if this is the case. Any bumps can simply be evened out by your landscaper. You are now ready to set up your water feature and fill it with water. The last thing remaining to do is to connect it to a power source such as batteries, a wall socket, or a solar panel, and it will be functional.

The best alternative for anyone who wants mobility and does not want to use external plumbing or water source is a self-contained fountain. The center of a garden is a popular place for a water fountain so as to get the most visibility, even though they can be positioned anywhere. You will find them in myriad differing materials such as cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Striking Backyard Tiered Water Features

Fountains with multiple tiers can be seen just about anywhere and have been displayed in gardens for many years. The countries in the southern region of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. While they can be located anywhere, they are most common in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people get together. Beautiful carvings can be found on some of the most sophisticated tiered fountains, while others have less complex designs.

While they can be located just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic settings. It should look as if the fountain has been part of the decoration since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

Enliven Your Workaday Life with a Water Feature

Having a fountain around can enhance your everyday life as the soothing sound of the water provides a sense of tranquility, and the movement of the water serves to clean and moisten the air.

You might be pleased to learn of all the rewards of being around an indoor or outdoor garden fountain. People around the world pulled to coastal cities and large bodies of water, most likely motivated by the fact that our bodies have a high water content. Water is required for life, and a water feature can provide the benefits of water in a convenient and affordable way.

If you want to make your porch, patio, or back yard even more enjoyable, think about purchasing an outdoor garden fountain.

Outdoor water elements can further enhance even the most beautiful space. It can be installed on the external wall of your house above the patio, or even on the interior wall of a screened porch. Your flower garden will become a place of luxurious decadence and tranquility if you put in a tiered version. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to still water, means that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for fresher water for wild birds. Add the ultimate touch with the enticing sound of running water in your garden.


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