The History of Fountains

During his time in control (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the learned Pope Nicholas V commissioned countless of translations of old Greek classics into Latin. He also undertook the beautification of the city to turn it into the true capital of the Christian world. b-026__96292.jpg Beginning in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent reconstruction at the behest of the Pope. In addition, the ancient Roman custom of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an grandiose celebratory fountain, also referred to as a mostra, was renewed by Nicholas V. The fascinating origins of the Trevi Fountain go back to an older fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The aqueduct he had refurbished included modifications and extensions which eventually allowed it to supply the necessary water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Water Delivery Strategies in Historic Rome

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct founded in Rome, began providing the people living in the hills with water in 273 BC, although they had depended on natural springs up till then. Throughout this time period, there were only 2 other technologies capable of supplying water to high areas, subterranean wells and cisterns, which amassed rainwater. From the early sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill by way of the underground channel of Acqua Vergine. As originally constructed, the aqueduct was provided along the length of its channel with pozzi (manholes) constructed at regular intervals. During the roughly nine years he possessed the residential property, from 1543 to 1552, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi employed these manholes to take water from the channel in containers, though they were originally designed for the objective of maintaining and servicing the aqueduct. Whilst the cardinal also had a cistern to amass rainwater, it didn’t provide a sufficient amount of water. That is when he made the decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran under his property.

Installing a Wall Fountain In Smaller Gardens

You can make your space appear bigger due to the reflective effect of water. Dark materials increase the refractive properties of a fountain or water feature. If your intention is to highlight your new feature at night, underwater lights in varied colors and shapes will do the trick.

Solar powered eco-lights are great during the day and underwater lights are perfect for nighttime use. Relieving stress and anxiety with their relaxing sounds are some of the applications in nature medicine.

Water just blends into the greenery in your backyard. People will be focused on the pond, artificial river or fountain in your yard. Examples of places where you can install a water feature include large lawns or small patios. The right accessories and the best location for it are worthwhile if you want to enhance the atmosphere.

Reasons to Consider Putting in a Disappearing Water Feature in your Backyard

Disappearing fountains also go by the term “pondless” fountains. The origin of the water is not visible since it is below the surface of the ground.

Disappearing fountains add calming sound effects and striking visuals to any place where people get together. They are available in an array of unique styles including waterfalls, columns made of granite, ceramic pots, and millstones.

Disappearing fountains also come with many benefits. Any risk to anyone standing around it is averted since the water source is below ground level. As such, it is safe for children to play near it. Moreover, no water is going to evaporate since it is not exposed to the open air. Other sorts of fountains use more water due to evaporation. This type of fountain is perfect if you do not have a lot of time to clean it often since neither dirt nor algae can get to it underground. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit almost anywhere you like.

Vitalize Your Backyard with the Help of Feng Shui

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

When introducing feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small space is adequate. If you have a lavish, eye-catching one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

The main feng shui tools can be used for your home decor as well as your garden design. In order to learn the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first have to know your home’s bagua.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is crucial to start by learning how to bolster each of its five elements.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast section of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. This could be the optimal spot to put a meditative Zen garden with some alluring stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

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

Do Pets Appreciate Outdoor Fountains?

Give some thought to how your pet may react to a water feature before you get one. Pets such as dogs may mistake your freestanding fountain with a large pool to cool down in or a pond from which to drink. Your pets will not be negatively influenced if you include a wall fountain to your yard. You should take into account the fact that birds may think they have found a new place to bathe when they see your fountain so think carefully where you put it. Putting a birdbath in your backyard is the ideal solution if you want to attract birds. To prevent this, however, installing a wall water fountain inside your house is a great alternative. These sorts of fountains are perfect for dental and medical practices, not to mention grand estates.


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