Enhance Your Workaday Life with a Water Element

cs_132_designer_white__36167.jpg Your quality of life will be absolutely influenced by a fountain as it not only provides you a place of peace and calm, but also serves to clean the air.

There are many advantages to having an interior or outdoor water fountain which you may not even recognize. All over the world coastal cities have large populations which may perhaps be related to the fact that the human body is composed mainly of water. Water is essential for life, and a water feature can provide the benefits of water in a convenient and affordable way.

If you want to make your porch, patio, or back yard even more delightful, think about purchasing an outdoor garden fountain. However lovely it already is, your site will be even more stunning if you add an outdoor water element from the wide variety available. It could be a beautiful addition to the wall of your enclosed porch or outdoors above the veranda. Add beauty and the lovely sound of flowing water to your flower bed with a tiered model. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to unmoving water, means that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for fresher water for wild birds. The mesmerizing sound of trickling water is the magic touch your garden area needs to become a haven of peace.

Enhance Your Yard with the Use of Feng Shui

Enjoy the health benefits of feng shui by adding its design elements into your yard.

As far as the size of your yard goes, it is not particularly important when incorporating feng shui design to it. It is great to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can always introduce feng shui design.

Feng shui tools are the same whether you are working in your garden or your house. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your home's bagua, you will need to start by understanding the bagua of the house.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should learn how to utilize each of them to intensify the energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that section connects to self-cultivation and personal development energy. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas perfect for a water feature.

The Story of Water Fountains

As the head of the Catholic Church, the scholarly Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455} decided to authorize translations of important books from their original Greek into Latin. Turning the city into the worthy capital of the Christian community was important to him, so he also took steps to enhance it. Beginning in 1453, he called for the reconstruction of the Acqua Vergine, a ruined Roman aqueduct which had transported fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away. The mostra, a monumental celebratory fountain constructed by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a practice also revived by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by him to build a wall fountain where we now see the breath-taking Trevi Fountain. The adjustments, as well as the extensions included in the restored aqueduct, ultimately made it possible to supply the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water to function.

A Fabulous Example of Roman Artistry: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Feature

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a wealth of heathen and Christian relics on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The famed marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. The part of town where it was situated was depressing and uninviting which was enough to keep visitors away. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed 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 commenced on on August 11, 1717. Medals bearing the imagery of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water”, were thrown in the foundation following the blessing of the first rock.

The Genesis Of Outdoor Fountains

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 a noteworthy effect.

The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to provide drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains functioned using the force of 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. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and celebrate the designer. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often utilized by Romans to beautify their fountains. Muslims and Moorish landscaping designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. To demonstrate his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. To mark the entrance 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 arrived in the city of Rome

Urban fountains built at the end of the nineteenth served only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to enable fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

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

Recommendations for Putting in a Garden Fountain

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a suitable water source and an electrical outlet nearby. The practical side of setting one up is often overlooked because people get so focused on the wonder of it. Do not forget that an extension cord can be useful if your 120v power source is more than 12 feet away, as that is the normal length of power cords. A convenient place to get water is vital since you will need to fill your fountain. Water is challenging to move by yourself from place to place. A nearby garden hose is useful when time comes to fill the fountain. A water fountain autofill will make your life simpler in the long run, but this requires a trained expert to install since it must be attached to an external water line.


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