Contemporary Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Beginnings

A fountain, an incredible 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.

Pure functionality was the original role of fountains. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to supply potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains functioned using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. wwmhs_cp_4__55576.jpg Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also generated clean, fresh drinking water. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often utilized by Romans to decorate their fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were supposed to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. 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 spot where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

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

Modern fountains are used to adorn community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

The Advantages of Pondless Water Elements in your Backyard

The other name for a disappearing fountain is a “pondless” fountain. The origin of the water is not visible since it is underneath the surface of the ground.

Any area where there are people, such as a walking path, is perfect for a disappearing fountain since it adds calming sounds and a lovely visual effect. It is not hard to find the design that is right for you, as there are so many to pick from such as millstones, ceramic urns, waterfalls, and also those with granite columns.

There are many unique advantages to a disappearing fountain as opposed to other fountains. Any risk to anyone standing around it is averted since the water source is below ground level. This means that children can safely hang out around it. Moreover, no water can evaporate since it is not exposed to the open air. Consequently, your fountain will not use as much water as other styles of fountains. The water source will remain clean and free of debris since it is underground and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to spend a lot of time cleaning it. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit nearly any place you wish.

Consider Buying a Contained Water Element for Your Garden

Stand-alone fountains are perfect for anyone looking for affordability and flexibility. All of the parts are included with the fountain including the plumbing and pump. There is another use for the term “self-contained”, a reference to a fountain that has its own water repository.

Stand-alone water fountains are rather easy to set up making them the ideal option for your patio or veranda. Since they are easily moveable, it is simple to change their location whenever you want.

Once you decide where you want to install your fountain, your landscaper should confirm that it is not too bumpy or uneven. If your landscaper thinks the surface is too bumpy, he can always level it for you. The following step is to put your water element in place and add some water. It is now time to plug it in using either an electrical outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

Anyone who does not have easy access to a wellspring or external plumbing should consider a self-contained fountain. Many fountain owners want them to be the focal point of their yards and put them right in the middle, although they can certainly go anywhere in the garden. There is a range of materials that can be used to build them including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

A Smaller Garden Space? You Can Own a Water Fountain too!

Since water causes a reflection, smaller spaces will appear bigger. Dark materials increase the reflective properties of a fountain or water feature. Use underwater lights, which come in many different shapes and colors, to flaunt your new feature at night. Benefit from the sun’s rays by using eco-lights during the day and underwater lights during the night. The comforting effect created by these is oftentimes used in nature therapies to alleviate anxiety and stress.

The greenery in your backyard is the perfect place to place your water feature. Turn your water feature such as a pond, artificial river, or fountain to turn the central piece of your backyard. Water features make great add ons to both large gardens or small patios. Considerably improving the ambience is possible by locating it in the most appropriate place and include the finest accompaniments.

The Countless Possibilities in Wall Fountains

Having a wall fountain in your garden or on a veranda is great when you seek to relax. You can have one custom-built to fit your specifications even if you have a small amount of space.

Both the stand alone and fitted versions need to have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. Traditional, modern, antique, and Asian are just a few of the styles from which you can choose.

Usually quite big, freestanding wall fountains, also known as floor fountains, have their basins on the ground.

A wall-mounted fountain can either be incorporated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. Incorporating this type of water feature into your landscape adds a cohesiveness to the look you want to achieve rather than making it seem as if the fountain was merely added later.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Fountain Worth Viewing

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian relics in Rome have stumbled upon a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The nearby basilica is largely renowned for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a sad and deserted part of the city. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to build a water fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an effort to make the area more popular. Work on the church's foundation began on on August 11, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, 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 into the foundation.


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