The Spectacular Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Feature in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a treasure trove of heathen and Christian artifacts on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is largely for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its portico. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not frequently visited. wwlhca-cp__39837.jpg The part of town where it was situated was depressing and uninviting which generally kept visitors away. 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 create a water feature for the area. August 11. 1717 was when work on the church’s infrastructure commenced. Medals bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water”, were thrown in the foundation following the blessing of the first rock.

Consider Getting a Stand-Alone Water Feature for Your Yard

Stand-alone fountains are perfect for anyone looking for affordability and convenience. All of the pieces are provided with the fountain including the plumbing and pump. Another name for a fountain having its own water supply is referred to as “self-contained”.

Stand-alone water fountains are quite easy to set up making them the ideal option for your patio or veranda. They are also convenient to transport from place to place.

The spot you want to situate your fountain will need to be even, so your landscaper will need to first decide if this is the case. If your landscaper thinks the land is too bumpy, he can always even it out it for you. Your water feature is now set for placement and the addition of water. Last but not least, connect it to a solar panel, a wall outlet, or batteries, and it should be ready to go.

The best alternative for anyone who wants mobility and does not want to use external plumbing or water source is a self-contained fountain. Many people put them in the center of the garden, but they can really go anywhere. You can buy them in many different materials such as cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

The Advantages of Pondless Fountains in your Yard

Another term for a disappearing fountain is a “pondless” fountain. The water rises from a covered supply, hence the name. Disappearing fountains add tranquil sound effects and striking visuals to any place where people come together. There are many varieties of them including millstones, ceramic urns, granite columns, and natural-looking waterfalls.

Disappearing fountains also have many advantages. There is no large pool of water that could pose a risk to anyone since the water comes from beneath the ground. This means that youngsters can safely be around it. Moreover, you will not need to stress about losing water to evaporation since it is kept underground. Therefore, your fountain will not waste as much water as other kinds of fountains. It is very low-maintenance since it is underground and not exposed to dirt or algae. Finally, due to its more compact size, it is easier to fit it where you want it than other types of fountains.

Modern Garden Decoration: Garden Fountains and their Beginnings

The dramatic or decorative effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as providing drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to provide drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Designers thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and celebrate the artist responsible for creating it. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. To replicate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. To show his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. 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 location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the standard of the day for fresh, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental.

The introduction of unique water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

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

The Purpose of Water Fountains in Japanese Landscapes

You will never see a Japanese garden that does not have a water element. They tend to be located right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are regarded as being representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. Since water is supposed to be the focal point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very simple.

Many people also choose a water fountain that features a bamboo spout. The bamboo spout is positioned over the basin, typically made of natural rocks, and water trickles out. It must have a worn-down, weathered look as well.

It is vital that the overall look of the fountain fits in with the natural environment, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. As you can likely deduce, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

For something a bit more unique, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then embellish it creatively with live bamboo and other natural elements. Eventually moss begins to creep over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area starts to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

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

Japanese fountains, on the other hand, do not really need to have water in them. Lots of people prefer to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in real water. Natural rocks that are flat and laid out tightly together can be used to give the illusion of flowing water.

The Many Types of Wall Water Fountains

Having a wall fountain in your garden or on a terrace is fantastic when you seek to relax. Additionally, it can be designed to fit into any wall space since it does not need much room. The requisite elements include a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump regardless of whether it is freestanding or anchored. Traditional, contemporary, classic, and Asian are just some of the styles from which you can consider.

With its basin placed on the ground, freestanding wall fountains, or floor fountains, are typically quite large in size.

On the other hand, a water feature attached to a wall can be integrated onto an existing wall or fit into a new wall. This type of fountain adds to a cohesive look making it appear as if it was part of the landscape instead of an added feature.


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