Design Ideas for Exterior Water Fountains

When you want to chill out for a moment and get some fresh air, a garden is the perfect place. Although there is a lot of work involved in getting a new one designed and built, it is worth the effort for anyone who will be using it. The value of your home will appreciate with a lovely garden area, as it will enhance the “curb appeal” of the property. Experts suggest adding flowers or trees, a pavement, a beautiful water feature, or unique statues to enhance the overall look of your property.

The visual appeal of any garden can be tremendously improved by just adding a water fountain. wwlhcg-cp__51855.jpg Where you once had a basic area, you will now enjoy an outdoor wonderland. The sounds of a water fountain make for a peaceful environment, not just for people but for the birds and other local wildlife that it will entice. The rest of the garden will instantly become just background to the charming new fountain.

The Wonder of Multi-Level Water Fountains

For a long time now, multi-tiered fountains have been popular, most notably in gardens. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain typically have many multi-level fountains. Likely places to see them are in courtyards and piazzas. While some multi-level fountains have intricate designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very basic.

Traditional or classic settings are ideal spots for them. If done right, anyone seeing the fountain will believe it has been there for a long time.

From Where Did Fountains Originate from?

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.

Pure functionality was the original role of fountains. Inhabitants of urban areas, townships and small towns utilized them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains needed to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. 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. Designers thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and honor the designer responsible for creating it. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were frequently seen on Roman fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create smaller variations of 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 Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the spot where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the standard 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. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

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

The Interesting Origin of the Outdoor Water Fountains

As the leader of the Catholic Church, the scholarly Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455} decided to mandate translations of important books from their original Greek into Latin. Continuing in his quest to make the city deserving of being called the seat of the Christian world, he decided to enhance the beauty of the city as well. In 1453 he initiated the repairing of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from many miles away. The mostra, a monumental dedicatory fountain constructed by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a custom also revived by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the space previously filled with a wall fountain crafted by Leon Battista Albert, an architect employed by him. The aqueduct he had reconditioned 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.

How Much Do Pets Benefit from Water Features

Be sure to take your pet into consideration when you are thinking about putting in a water feature. Your stand-alone fountain may be taken for a big pool or a drinking pond by your dog. Your pets will not be negatively influenced if you add a wall water element to your property. Give some thought to the best spot to put your fountain if you do not want birds to use it as a bathing pond. Add a birdbath if your objective is to draw birds to your garden.

Wall water fountains are great for indoor use as well if you want to avoid these problems. Exclusive mansions, in addition to dentist’ and doctors’ offices, often have such fountains on show.

A Genuine Roman Marvel: The Santa Maria Waterwork in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan artifacts have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is largely famous for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. Since the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained relatively unknown. Due to the fact that the nearby area was depressing and mostly abandoned, visitors were not particularly interested in visiting it. As part of an effort to modernize the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to take on the job. August 11. 1717 was the date when work on the church’s foundation commenced. After blessing of the first stone, medallions with the illustration of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were tossed into the foundation.


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