Modern Garden Decor: Garden Fountains and their Beginnings

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.

Pure practicality was the original purpose of fountains. Inhabitants of cities, townships and small towns utilized them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains had to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also generated clean, fresh drinking water. kay-35720__70206.jpg Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were frequently seen on Roman fountains. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. Fountains enjoyed a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by including decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

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. The introduction of special water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

These days, fountains decorate public areas and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

The Perfect Tiered Water Feature for your Yard

Fountains with multiple tiers can be seen just about anywhere and have been featured in gardens for ages. The nations in the southern part of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. Common places to see them are in courtyards and city squares.

While some tiered fountains have ornate designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very simple.

Any area can be enhanced with one, even though a more conventional setting is sometimes more suitable. The fountain should blend right into the surroundings as if it has been there since the start.

A Smaller Garden Space? Don't Feel Left Out! You Can Still Have a Water Feature

Since water causes a reflection, small spaces will appear bigger. Water features such as fountains benefit from the reflective qualities coming from dark materials. Use underwater lights, which come in many different shapes and colors, to display your new feature at night. Eco-lights fueled by sunlight can be used during the day whereas you can use lights to enhance your garden at night. Often utilized in natural therapies, they help to lessen anxiety and tension with their calming sounds.

The greenery in your garden is the perfect place to situate your water feature. Your pond, man-made waterway, or fountain is the perfect feature to draw people’s interest. Water features make great additions to both large gardens or small patios. Considerably improving the ambience is possible by locating it in the most suitable place and include the finest accompaniments.

The Captivating Origin of the Wall Water Fountain

Hundreds of classic Greek writings were translated into Latin under the patronage of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. Making the city into the worthy capital of the Christian world was important to him, so he also took steps to enhance it.

In 1453 he commissioned the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away. The mostra, a monumental dedicatory fountain built by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a custom also revived by Nicholas V. At his bidding, the architect Leon Battista Alberti undertook the building of a wall fountain in the place where the imposing Trevi Fountain now stands. The aqueduct he had rebuilt 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.

A Magnificent Illustration of Roman Expertise: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Waterwork

Incredible finds of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Found in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the famous marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was not well known and located far from sight making it difficult to visit. Due to the fact that the nearby area was depressing and mostly uninhabited, visitors were not particularly interested in visiting it. As part of a project to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to take on the job. The task of laying down the church’s foundation started on August 17, 1717.

Medallions bearing the images 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 consecration of the first stone.

The Benefits of Disappearing Water Features in your Yard

There are two terms for this kind of fountain: “disappearing” and “pondless”. It is known as “disappearing” because the water source is below ground. Disappearing fountains should be positioned near any place people hang out frequently, as they add so much to the surrounding area. They are available in a wide variety of styles, some of which are ceramic urns, waterfalls, granite columns, and millstones.

There are many reasons to think about getting a disappearing fountain. The water rises from underground and does not create a large pool above ground so any danger to those around it is reduced. This means that kids can safely hang out around it. Moreover, you will not need to worry about losing water to evaporation since it is stored below ground. This means you will waste less water than if you had another kind of fountain. The water source will remain uncontaminated and free of dirt since it is underground and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to waste a lot of time cleaning it. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit almost any place you like.


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