Striking Garden Multi-Level Water Features

6342-6603__91006.jpg For a long time now, multi-tiered fountains have been common, particularly in gardens. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain generally have countless tiered fountains. Likely places to see them are in courtyards and city squares. While some tiered fountains have sophisticated designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very simple.

Any area can be enhanced with one, even though a more traditional setting is sometimes more appropriate. The fountain should look as old as the rest of the decor and fit in accordingly.

The Plusses of a Fountain to Your Way of Life

From improving air quality to contributing a feeling of tranquility to the area, a fountain adds so much to your life.

Both an indoor and an outdoor garden fountain will benefit you in ways you might not even realize. All over the world coastal cities have large populations which may perhaps be linked to the fact that the human body is composed mainly of water. While there are many lavish ways to integrate the benefits of water into your daily life (like investing in a beach house!), a much more convenient solution is to install a water feature in your home.

Enhance any outdoor area by adding a pretty outdoor garden fountain. Even if you are already happy with your outdoor area, the introduction of one of the many outdoor fountains available will make you adore it even more. It could be a beautiful addition to the wall of your enclosed porch or outdoors above the veranda. Your flower garden will become a place of glamorous decadence and serenity if you put in a tiered version. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to unmoving water, means that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for cleaner water for wild birds. Add the ultimate touch with the tranquil sound of running water in your garden.

Stand-Alone Water Elements: Are They Easy to Use?

People love contained fountains for their easy installation and low price. Since all pieces are included with the fountain, no extra parts are required.

Yet another name for a fountain having its own water supply is referred to as “self-contained”.

If you are looking for an easy-to-install water fountain for a patio or porch, a self-contained model is definitely for you. They are also easy to transport from place to place.

Once you decide where you want to install your fountain, your landscaper should verify that it is not too bumpy or uneven. Lawns and gardens tend to be lumpy so your landscaper will have to even out the spot where you want to put it. Your water feature is now ready for installation and the addition of water. The final thing left to do is to connect it to a power source such as batteries, a wall socket, or a solar panel, and it will be set to go.

If you need a fountain that will not need an outside water source or extra plumbing, a self-contained fountain is ideal. Lots of people put them in the middle of the garden, but they can really go anywhere. Cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass are just a few of the materials used to make them.

The History of Outdoor Fountains

As the head of the Catholic Church, the scholarly Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455} decided to mandate translations of important writings from their original Greek into Latin. In addition, beautifying the city and making it the true capital of the Christian world was at the center of his ambitions. Beginning in 1453, he called for the restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a ruined Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Nicholas V also revived the Roman custom of installing lavish fountains, known as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. The interesting roots of the Trevi Fountain go back to an older water fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains situtated in the Piazza Navona and the Piazza del Popolo were eventually supplied with water from the modified, reconstructed aqueduct.

Things You Will Require for a Garden Fountain

A lot of people overlook the need for an electrical socket or water source close by when contemplating where to locate their garden fountain. The practical side of setting one up is often neglected because people get so focused on the beauty of it. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to attach an extension cord to reach the closest 120v outlet. It will be necessary to replenish your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water nearby. Transporting water is tough and laborious. The easiest way to fill the fountain is with a nearby water hose. A water fountain autofill will make your life less complicated in the long run, but this requires a trained expert to install since it must be connected to an external water line.

From Where Did Large Outdoor Fountains Originate from?

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

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs in the vicinity.

Used until the 19th 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. Artists thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and honor the artist responsible for building it. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were meant to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains built to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

The end of the nineteenth century saw the rise in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

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


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