Enrich Your Workaday Life with a Water Feature

Having a fountain around can optimize your daily 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. or_133_art__65802.jpg

Both an indoor and an outdoor garden fountain will reward you in ways you might not even realize. All over the world coastal cities have large populations which may perhaps be related to the fact that the human body is composed primarily of water. While you could invest in an expensive beach house or plunge into the ocean every day to enjoy the benefits of water, getting a water feature is much easier and less costly!

Enhance any outdoor area by adding a beautiful outdoor garden fountain. Outdoor water features can further elevate even the most gorgeous space. It could be a lovely addition to the wall of your enclosed porch or outside the house above the veranda. Make your flower garden an oasis of tranquility by adding a lovely 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 continuously flowing. Add the final touch with the tranquil sound of moving water in your garden.

The Root of Modern Outdoor Water Fountains

During his rule (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the erudite Pope Nicholas V authorized countless of translations of old Greek classics into Latin. Making the city into the deserving capital of the Christian world was important to him, so he also took steps to embellish it. Starting in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent reconstruction at the bidding of the Pope. Nicholas V also undertook the building of mostras, an old Roman tradition of putting up imposing public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by him to put up a water fountain where we now see the wondrous Trevi Fountain. The water which ultimately provided the Trevi Fountain, as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona, came from the renovated and altered aqueduct.

Guidelines for Installing an Outdoor Water Feature

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a suitable water source and an electrical outlet close by.

People sometimes forget the technical details because they get caught up in the excitement of setting up their newest purchase. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to add an extension cord to reach the most convenient 120v outlet. You will also need to have a water supply close by so that you can conveniently fill your water fountain. Carrying large quantities of water requires strength so you do not want to have to carry it a long way. If you have thought about it before installation, having a hose nearby will make the job of filling the fountain much easier. If you have an expert on hand, you may want to consider getting a water fountain autofill with a connection to an external water line, as this would be much less difficult in the long run.

The Origins Of Outdoor 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 an extraordinary effect.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were simply there to serve as functional elements. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to provide drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move downwards or shoot high into the air. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the designer who created it. The main materials 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 demonstrate his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains built to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements.

Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to bring recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Modern-day fountains function mostly as decoration for community spaces, to honor individuals or events, and compliment entertainment and recreational events.

Multi-level Water Fountains for your Outdoor Space

Gardens are common places to showcase a multi-tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain generally have many multi-level fountains. The courtyards of buildings and public squares are just a couple the places you might find one. Tiered fountains come in a wide range of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively plain types.

Traditional or classic surroundings are perfect spots for them. If done properly, anyone seeing the fountain will believe it has been there forever.

Typical Water Features Seen in Japanese Gardens

A water element is an absolutely vital part of any Japanese garden. You will often find Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

Moreover, water fountains with bamboo spouts are very popular. The bamboo spout is positioned over the basin, typically constructed of natural rocks, and water trickles out. Even when new, it should be crafted to appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they place plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. As you can perhaps surmise, 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.

In time, as moss gradually covers the stones, it starts to look even more natural-looking.

Wherever there is enough open space, you have the possibility to build a more extensive water feature. Popular water feature additions are a koi pond or any sort of little pool, or even a meandering brook.

Japanese fountains, however, do not actually need to have water in them. Beautiful rocks, sand, or gravel are good alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. The impression of a creek with trickling water can also be achieved by placing flat stones very closely together.


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