Contemporary Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Roots

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

The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. ft_237__82018.jpg People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the area. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated 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. Artists thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and celebrate the artist responsible for building it. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his dominion over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains made to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to bring recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

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

What Are Stand-Alone Water Fountains

People like self-contained fountains for their easy installation and lower cost. Since all components are included with the fountain, no extra parts are required. 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 install making them the perfect option for your patio or veranda. Their versatility is also a plus, as they are very easy to move around.

The spot you want to situate your fountain will need to be level, so your landscaper will need to first decide if this is the case.

Lawns and gardens tend to be bumpy so your landscaper will have to even out the spot where you want to put it. The following step is to put your water feature in place and add water. Last but not least, connect it to a solar panel, a wall outlet, or batteries, and it will be good to go.

If you need a fountain that will not need an outside water source or extra plumbing, a self-contained fountain is best. The center of a garden is a favorite place for a water fountain so as to get the most visibility, even though they can be placed anywhere. A range of popular materials can be used for fountains including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

A Wall Fountain to Suit Your Design

A small patio or a courtyard is a great place to put your wall fountain when you need peace and quiet. Moreover, it can be made to fit into any wall space since it does not occupy much room. The required elements include a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump regardless of whether it is freestanding or secured. There are any variety of models to pick from including traditional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.

Also referred to as a floor fountain, a stand-alone wall fountain is normally rather large, and its basin is installed on the ground.

It is possible to integrate a wall-mounted fountain onto an already existing wall or built into a new wall. A cohesive look can be realized with this style of fountain because it seems to become part of the landscape rather than an added element.

Eye-Catching Backyard Multi-Tiered Water Fountains

Fountains with multiple tiers can be seen just about anywhere and have been displayed in gardens for ages. You can see a lot of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European nations. Likely places to see them are in courtyards and city squares. Tiered fountains come in a wide variety of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively basic types.

While they can be found just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic environments. The fountain should blend right into the setting as if it has been there since the outset.

Why a Water Element Can Make Your World Better

The movement and sound of water emitted from a fountain have two effects: cleaning the air and proving a place of relaxation and tranquility, both of which will improve your quality of life.

You might not even be aware of the extent to which a water fountain, whether inside or outside, will improve your daily life.

It is most likely no coincidence that the human body is made up mainly of water, and that people are attracted to coastal cities. All living creatures need water to exist, and while you could move to an expensive house on the beach somewhere, a much easier and less expensive possibility is to install a water feature wherever you live.

Your patio, porch, or back yard can be improved by setting up an outdoor garden fountain. Even if you are already content with your outdoor area, the introduction of one of the many outdoor fountains available will make you appreciate it even more. A great idea is to set up one on the wall of your screened porch, or perhaps outside as part of your outdoor decor. Your flower garden will become a place of luxurious decadence and harmony if you put in a tiered version. You will notice lots of birds heading to your garden if you add a birdbath fountain, as the water stays fresher than still water since it is constantly flowing. Add the finishing touch with the tranquil sound of moving water in your garden.

The Root of Contemporary Wall Fountains

During his reign (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the erudite Pope Nicholas V commissioned countless of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin. Turning the city into the worthy capital of the Christian world was important to him, so he also took steps to beautify it. In 1453 he initiated the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from many miles away. Nicholas V also undertook the building of mostras, an old Roman practice of putting up spectacular public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. The fascinating origins of the Trevi Fountain date back to an older fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The aqueduct he had rebuilt included changes and extensions which eventually allowed 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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