Add the Energy of Feng Shui into Your Yard

Add feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can bring energy into your home.

Size is not the most important consideration when adding feng shui design to your garden. A sizeable space is great for those lucky enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design. c_077__27676.jpg

The main feng shui tools can be utilized for your home decor as well as your garden design. The first task is to figure out the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should know how to apply each of them to intensify the energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be positioned in the northeast section of your garden which connects to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. The ideal addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a serene Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Think about integrating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

The Demand for Water Fountains in Japanese Backyards

A water feature is an absolutely vital part of any Japanese garden. You will often notice Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are thought to be symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing.

The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simple because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

Many people also choose a water fountain that features a bamboo spout. The water flows through the bamboo spout and collects in the stone basin underneath. In addition, it is vital to the overall look that it appear as if it has been outside for a long time. It is vital that the overall look of the fountain goes with the natural environment, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. Clearly this fountain is much more than merely a pretty add-on.

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

Larger water features can be developed if there is enough open land. Give some thought to adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

Water, nevertheless, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. It is okay to use representations of water in lieu of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. The semblance of a creek with running water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.

Modern Garden Decor: Large Outdoor Water Fountains and their Beginnings

The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complement your home.

Pure functionality was the original purpose of fountains. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to supply drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages.

Until the late 19th, century most water fountains functioned using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the artist who created it. The main materials used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. To demonstrate his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains built to mark the place of entry 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. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

Beautifying city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the purposes of modern-day fountains.

A Magnificent Example of Roman Know-How: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Waterwork

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a treasure trove of pagan and Christian artifacts on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained mostly unknown. The part of town where it was situated was depressing and uninviting which generally kept people away.

It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to erect a water fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an attempt to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the task to put down the foundation of the church. The blessing of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being thrown in showing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Aqueducts: The Remedy to Rome's Water Problems

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct founded in Rome, started out providing the men and women living in the hills with water in 273 BC, though they had relied on natural springs up until then. Outside of these aqueducts and springs, wells and rainwater-collecting cisterns were the lone techniques available at the time to supply water to areas of higher elevation. Starting in the sixteenth century, a newer method was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean segments to deliver water to Pincian Hill. As originally constructed, the aqueduct was provided along the length of its channel with pozzi (manholes) constructed at regular intervals. Whilst these manholes were provided to make it less difficult to conserve the aqueduct, it was also possible to use containers to pull water from the channel, which was done by Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi from the time he bought the property in 1543 to his death in 1552. The cistern he had built to gather rainwater wasn’t satisfactory to meet his water needs. That is when he decided to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran under his residence.

The History of Outdoor Water Fountains

During his reign (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the erudite Pope Nicholas V directed countless of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin. He also initiated the embellishment of the city to turn it into the worthy capital of the Christian world. Beginning in 1453, he called for the reconstruction of the Acqua Vergine, a wrecked Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Nicholas V also embarked on the building of mostras, an ancient Roman practice of putting up imposing public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the area previously filled with a wall fountain crafted by Leon Battista Albert, an architect employed by him. The aqueduct he had rebuilt included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply the necessary water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.


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