Outdoor Fountains: Installment Guidelines

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a convenient water source and an electrical outlet in close proximity. People sometimes overlook the technical information because they get caught up in the excitement of setting up their newest purchase. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to add an extension cord to reach the most convenient 120v outlet. A practical place to get water is important since you will need to fill your fountain. wwlvs_bl_1__39987.jpg Transporting water is difficult and laborious. If you have thought about it before installation, having a hose nearby will make the job of filling the fountain much simpler. A water fountain autofill will make your life less complicated in the long run, but this requires a trained expert to install since it must be attached to an external water line.

Commonplace Water Elements Seen in Japanese Landscapes

A water element is an important part of any Japanese garden. They tend to be put right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

You will also find many fountains that have spouts built of bamboo. The water passes through the bamboo spout and collects in the stone basin underneath. Even when new, it should be made to look as if it has been outside for a long time. It is vital that the overall look of the fountain goes with the natural environment, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just attractive decor.

An alternate approach is to find a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. In time, as moss slowly covers the stones, it starts to look even more natural-looking.

Anyone who has an extensive space to work with can, of course, install a much larger water feature. Popular water feature extras are a koi pond or any sort of small pool, or even a meandering brook.

Water, however, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Beautiful rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. The semblance of a creek with running water can also be achieved by placing flat stones very closely together.

A True Roman Marvel: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a wealth of heathen and Christian relics on the grounds of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a renowned marble sculpture situated at the entrance of the nearby basilica. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not often visited. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a bleak and deserted part of the city. In order to modernize 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 fountain for the area. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the task to lay down the foundation of the church. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medallions bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also tossed in.

The Beginnings of Modern Outdoor Wall Fountains

The Roman scholar Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455) took the initiative to have hundreds of historic Greek texts translated into Latin. He also undertook the embellishment of the city to make it into the true seat of the Christian world. In 1453 he initiated the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an historic Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away. In addition, the ancient Roman tradition of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an grandiose celebratory fountain, also referred to as a mostra, was renewed by Nicholas V. At his behest, the architect Leon Battista Alberti began the building of a wall fountain in the spot where the imposing Trevi Fountain now stands. The Trevi Fountain as well as the well-known baroque fountains found in the Piazza Navona and the Piazza del Popolo were eventually supplied with water from the altered, rebuilt aqueduct.

The Broad Range of Outdoor Wall Water Fountains

A small patio or a courtyard is a great spot to situate your wall fountain when you need peace and quiet. You can also make use of a small area by having one custom-made. A spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump are essential for freestanding as well as mounted types. There are any variety of models to choose from such as conventional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.

Freestanding wall fountains, commonly known as floor fountains, are noticeably big and feature a basin on the ground.

It is possible to integrate a wall-mounted water feature onto an already existing wall or built into a new wall. This type of fountain contributes to a cohesive look making it seem as if it was part of the landscape instead of an added feature.

The Origins Of Outdoor Fountains

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

Pure functionality was the original role of fountains. Inhabitants of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains needed to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times used by Romans to beautify their fountains. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. To show his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles.

The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains built to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Urban fountains built at the end of the 19th century functioned only as decorative and celebratory adornments 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.

Embellishing city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the functions of modern-day fountains.


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