The Popularity of Fountains in Japanese Backyards

No Japanese garden is complete without a water feature. a_532__99995.jpg Since Japanese water fountains are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. It is uncommon to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains because the focus is supposed to be on the water itself.

Bamboo is a widely accepted material to use for spouts and therefore often integrated into water fountains. The basin, which tends to be made of stones, collects the water as it trickles down from the bamboo spout. It must have a worn-down, weathered appearance as well. So that the fountain appears at one with nature, people normally decorate it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. As you can perhaps guess, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

If you are hoping for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain made of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. The idea is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

If you are lucky enough to have a big section of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Nice add-ons include a babbling creek or tiny pool with koi in it.

Water, nevertheless, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. It is appropriate to use representations of water in place of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to give the illusion of a rippling brook.

Modern Garden Decoration: Fountains and their Roots

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were soley meant to serve as functional elements. Residents of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains had to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow downwards or jet high into the air. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. The main materials used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes.

To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains constructed to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

Urban fountains built at the end of the 19th century served only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Impressive water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Nowadays, fountains decorate public spaces and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

Beautiful Garden Multi-Tiered Water Fountains

For a long time now, multi-tiered fountains have been popular, particularly in gardens. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain typically have lots of multi-level fountains. Public squares and building courtyards are very common areas where you will find tiered fountains. Beautiful carvings can be found on some of the most elaborate tiered fountains, while others have less complex designs.

People love to include them in areas having a classic look and feel. The fountain should seem as old as the rest of the decor and blend in accordingly.

The Far-Reaching Advantages of Water Features

The movement and sound of water emitted from a fountain have two benefits: cleaning the air and proving a place of relaxation and serenity, both of which will better 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 life. It is most likely no coincidence that the human body is made up mostly of water, and that people are attracted to coastal cities. While you could invest in an extravagant beach house or plunge into the ocean every day to reap the benefits of water, getting a water feature is much easier and more affordable!

The installation of an outdoor garden fountain to any porch, terrace, or veranda will make a huge difference to your enjoyment of the space. Even if you are already pleased with your outdoor area, the addition of one of the many outdoor fountains available will make you love it even more. A great idea is to put one on the wall of your screened porch, or perhaps outside as part of your outdoor decor. Add charm and the lovely sound of babbling water to your flower bed with a 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 tranquility is the sound of flowing water.

Garden Water Fountains: Installation Recommendations

When planning where to install your garden fountain, do not overlook the fact that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. People sometimes fail to remember the technical details because they get caught up in the excitement of installing their newest purchase. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to attach an extension cord to reach the most convenient 120v outlet. A practical place to get water is essential since you will need to fill your fountain. Transporting water is hard and laborious. If you have thought about it before installation, having a hose nearby will make the job of filling the fountain much simpler. If you have an expert on hand, you may want to look into getting a water fountain autofill with a connection to an external water line, as this would be much easier in the long run.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Fountain Worth Seeing

Amazing discoveries of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Situated in the portico of the nearby basilica one can see the famous marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained mostly obscure. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a sad and deserted part of the city. 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. Work on the church's foundation commenced on on August 11, 1717. The blessing of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being thrown in showing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.


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