Contemporary Garden Decoration: Garden Fountains and their Beginnings

alp_gxt688_2__57952.jpg 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 enhance your home.

The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains functioned using 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. Serving as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. Roman fountains often depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. To replicate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. To demonstrate his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the building of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts entered the city of Rome

The end of the 19th century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. The creation of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

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

Garden Fountains for Tight Areas

You can make your space look bigger due to the reflective effect of water. Water features such as fountains profit from the reflective characteristics stemming from dark materials. If your objective is to highlight your new feature at night, underwater lights in varied colors and shapes will do the trick. Benefit from the sun’s rays by using eco-lights during the day and underwater lighting fixtures during the night. Natural therapies use them because they exude a soothing effect which helps to relieve stress as well as anxiety.

Your outdoor vegetation is a fantastic place to blend in your water feature. People will be focused on the pond, artificial river or fountain in your garden. Small verandas or major gardens is the perfect place to install a water feature. The atmosphere can be significantly altered by placing it in the best place and using the right accessories.

Ways a Fountain Can Make Your Environment More Enjoyable

Having a fountain around can improve your day-to-day 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.

You might not even be aware of the degree to which a water fountain, whether inside or outside, will improve your life. People around the world pulled to coastal cities and big bodies of water, most likely driven 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 high-priced house on the beach somewhere, a much easier and less expensive possibility is to install a water feature wherever you live.

Upgrade any outdoor area by adding a gorgeous outdoor garden fountain. Outdoor water features can further improve even the most enchanting space. If you have a screened porch, consider installing one there, or if not, then on the outside wall above your patio. Turn your flower garden into an oasis of peace by adding a beautiful tiered model. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to still water, signifies that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for fresher water for wild birds. The final detail your garden area needs to be an oasis of peace is the sound of flowing water.

Commonplace Water Elements Seen in Japanese Gardens

A water feature is an important part of any Japanese garden. Since Japanese water fountains are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. It is unusual to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains since the focus is supposed to be on the water itself.

Moreover, water fountains that have bamboo spouts are very prevalent. The water flows through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin below. Even when new, it should be designed to look as if it has been outdoors for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are often put in place around a fountain so that it seems more connected with nature.

To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just nice decoration.

An alternative is to find a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the surroundings, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Anyone who has an extensive spot to work with can, of course, out in a much larger water feature. Popular water feature additions are a koi pond or any sort of small pool, or even a wandering brook.

There are other options if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Good alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to symbolize water. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to give the impression of a babbling brook.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Fountain Worth Experiencing

Both Christian and pagan artifacts have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The famed marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen 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 relatively unknown. The part of town where it was situated was forlorn and uninviting which generally kept people away. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to renovate the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The task of laying down the church’s first stones started on August 17, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medals 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.

Acqua Vergine: The Answer to Rome's Water Problems

Previous to 273, when the first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was constructed in Roma, residents who lived on hills had to go even further down to gather their water from natural sources. If citizens living at higher elevations did not have access to springs or the aqueduct, they’d have to count on the remaining existing technologies of the time, cisterns that accumulated rainwater from the sky and subterranean wells that received the water from below ground. Beginning in the sixteenth century, a newer approach was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean sections to provide water to Pincian Hill. As originally constructed, the aqueduct was provided along the length of its channel with pozzi (manholes) constructed at regular intervals. During the roughly 9 years he owned the property, from 1543 to 1552, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi used these manholes to take water from the channel in containers, though they were previously built for the objective of cleaning and servicing the aqueduct. It seems that, the rainwater cistern on his property wasn’t adequate to satisfy his needs.

Through an orifice to the aqueduct that ran underneath his property, he was set to satisfy his water wants.


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