Contemporary Garden Decor: Garden Fountains and their Beginnings

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 an extraordinary effect.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. 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. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water source, including aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. twf028-ld__25647.jpg Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times used by Romans to beautify their fountains. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create mini variations 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. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by adding decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

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

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

Design Options for Garden Fountains

Gardens allow you to retreat into nature and be outside when you want. While it is not a simple task to build one, you will be glad you did once you are able to relax and enjoy it. The value of your home will go up with a lovely garden area, as it will boost the “curb appeal” of the property. Many people choose to add to their landscaping by putting in statues or other art, re-doing the pavement of their driveway, planting trees, or getting a water feature.

A water fountain can make a substantial difference to the beauty and tranquility of your garden. It will change a plain area into a beautiful place of peaceful tranquility.

The trickling water of your fountain will not only give you a calming retreat, it will also attract wild birds and other friendly local creatures. Before you know it, the whole garden or yard will have a new focal point.

Animals and Outdoor Water Fountains

House pets may be wary of a new water feature so be certain to take them into account before getting one. A pet dog or cat may think that a freestanding fountain is a big pool or a drinking pond. Your treasured pets will probably take well to a water element in your yard. You may need to think about where you will place the fountain as birds may take it as a bathing pond. Add a birdbath if your objective is to draw birds to your property. Wall water fountains are great for indoor use as well if you want to avoid these problems. Grand homes, in addition to dentist’ and doctors’ offices, often have such fountains on show.

A Peek into the Beginnings of Wall Fountains

As the head of the Catholic Church, the scholarly Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455} decided to commission translations of invaluable texts from their original Greek into Latin. Making the city into the worthy capital of the Christian world was important to him, so he also took steps to enhance 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 restoration at the behest of the Pope. Nicholas V also undertook the building of mostras, an old Roman tradition of putting up grand public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. At his bidding, the architect Leon Battista Alberti began the building of a wall fountain in the place where the magnificent Trevi Fountain now stands. The modifications, as well as the extensions included in the repaired aqueduct, eventually 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.

The Life-Altering Effects of Fountains

Your quality of life will be positively influenced by a fountain as it not only offers you a place of peace and calm, but also serves to clean the air.

You might not even be aware of the degree to which a water fountain, whether inside or outside, will enhance your daily life. People around the world flock to coastal cities and big bodies of water, most likely motivated by the fact that our bodies have a high water content.

All living beings need water to exist, and while you could move to a pricey house on the beach somewhere, a much easier and less expensive 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. Outdoor water elements can further elevate even the most enchanting space. If you have a screened porch, think about installing one there, or if not, then on the exterior wall above your patio. Add elegance and the lovely sound of flowing water to your flower bed with a tiered model. Birds love birdbath fountains because the flow of the water ensures that it remains clean and does not accumulate bacteria and algae. The final detail your garden area needs to be an oasis of peace is the sound of water in motion.

An Absolute Roman Wonder: The Santa Maria Waterwork in Cosmedin

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have come across an abundance of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The nearby basilica is largely famous for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not frequently visited.

The part of town where it was located was depressing and bleak which was enough to keep people 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 foundation began. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medallions bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also thrown in.


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