Ways a Water Feature Can Make Your Life Better

wwlvs_bl_3__88330.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 better your quality of life.

There are many positive aspects to having an interior or exterior water fountain which you may not even recognize. All over the world coastal cities have large populations which may perhaps be linked to the fact that the human body consists largely of water. All living creatures need water to exist, and while you could move to a high-priced house on the beach somewhere, a much easier and economical possibility is to install a water feature wherever you live.

The introduction of an outdoor garden fountain to any porch, terrace, or veranda will make a huge difference to your enjoyment of the space. However lovely it already is, your spot will be even more gorgeous if you add an outdoor water element from the wide variety available. If you have a screened porch, consider installing one there, or if not, then on the outside wall above your patio. Add charm and the lovely music of babbling water to your flower bed with a tiered model. You will notice lots of birds visiting your garden if you put in a birdbath fountain, as the water stays fresher than still water since it is constantly flowing. Add the ultimate touch with the tranquil sound of flowing water in your garden.

From Where Did Large Outdoor Fountains Originate from?

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to supply drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

Pure practicality was the original role of fountains. 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. Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their source of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from the power of 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. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced 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 exalt the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. The creation of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

Modern fountains are used to embellish community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

Keep Your Wall fountain Tidy

It is important to carefully maintain water fountains for them to perform properly. Leaves, twigs, and insects very often find their way into fountains, so it is important to keep yours free from such things. On top of that, algae can be a problem, as sunshine hitting the water permits it to form quickly. Mix hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular problem. There are those who choose to use bleach, but that is hazardous to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

No more than three-four months should really go by without an extensive maintaining of a fountain. The first task is to empty out all of the water. When you have done this, wash inside the water reservoir with a gentle detergent. Feel free to use a toothbrush if helpful for any tiny crevasses. Make sure all the soap is properly cleaned off.

Make sure you get rid of any calcium or plankton by taking the pump apart and scrubbing the inside thoroughly. To make it less difficult, soak it in vinegar for several hours before cleaning. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to prevent any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

And finally, make sure the water level is always full in order to keep your fountain operating optimally. Allowing the water to reach below the pump’s intake level, can cause serious damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome!

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Waterwork Worthy of Experiencing

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have come upon a wealth of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Situated in the portico of the nearby basilica one can see the acclaimed marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was created in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. It was said that there was very little to see in this area because it was bleak and abandoned making it an unfriendly place to visit. In order to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water feature for the area. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the task to lay down the foundation of the church.

The consecration of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being thrown in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

The Captivating Origin of the Outdoor Fountain

The Roman academic Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455) took the initiative to have hundreds of old Greek books translated into Latin. Continuing in his quest to make the city worthy of being called the seat of the Christian world, he decided to exalt the beauty of the city as well. Starting in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an historical Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent reconstruction at the behest of the Pope. The mostra, a monumental celebratory fountain built by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a practice also revived by Nicholas V. At his behest, the architect Leon Battista Alberti began the construction of a wall fountain in the place where the magnificent Trevi Fountain now stands. The changes, as well as the extensions included in the repaired aqueduct, ultimately made it possible to provide the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water to function.

Common Water Features Found in Japanese Landscapes

No Japanese garden is complete without a water element. They tend to be located right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. It is unusual to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains because the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

Bamboo is a popular material to use for spouts and therefore often integrated into water fountains. The water passes through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin below. Even when new, it should be crafted to appear as if it has been outside for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are commonly put in place around a fountain so that it seems more in line with nature. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just nice decor.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain enhanced with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. In time, as moss progressively covers the rocks, it starts to look even more natural-looking.

Anyone who has an extensive area to work with can, of course, install a much bigger water feature. Give some thought to adding a lovely final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

Japanese fountains, though, do not actually need to have water in them. Lots of people prefer to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in real water. The semblance of a creek with trickling water can also be achieved by placing flat stones very closely together.


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