A Glimpse into the Roots of Outdoor Water Fountains

During his time in control (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the learned Pope Nicholas V commissioned scores of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin. brk-303-1__85451.jpg Turning the city into the worthy capital of the Christian world was important to him, so he also took steps to beautify it. Beginning in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an historical Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent repair at the behest of the Pope. Nicholas V also embarked on the building of mostras, an old Roman practice of putting up imposing public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. The fascinating origins of the Trevi Fountain date back to an older water fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The modifications, as well as the extensions included in the restored aqueduct, eventually made it possible to provide the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water to function.

Recommendations for Putting in a Garden Fountain

A water source and an electrical outlet are two important items that many people do not think about when determining where they want to place their garden fountain. The joy of owning one occasionally causes people to skip the technical aspects when setting it up for the first time. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to add an extension cord to reach the closest 120v outlet. You will need to refill your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water nearby. Transporting water is hard and laborious. If you have given thought to it before installation, having a hose nearby will make the task of filling the fountain much easier. If you have an specialist 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.

The Genesis Of Fountains

A fountain, an amazing 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.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and celebrate the designer. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were frequently seen on Roman 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 dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

The end of the 19th century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to embellish public spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

Disappearing Water Fountains: A Few of the Plusses of Having one in your Garden

The other name for a disappearing fountain is a “pondless” fountain. The origin of the water is not visible because it is beneath the surface of the ground. Disappearing fountains should be installed near any place people hang out often, as they add so much to the surrounding area. They come in a wide array of styles, some of which are ceramic urns, waterfalls, granite columns, and millstones.

There are many special benefits to a disappearing fountain as opposed to other fountains. The water rises from underground and does not form a large pool above ground so any danger to those around it is minimized. Therefore, it is safe for children to hang out near it. Additionally, since the water is held underground, none of it is lost to evaporation. This kind of fountain, therefore, is a good choice for regions where there is a need to conserve water. This type of fountain is recommended if you do not have a lot of time to clean it often since neither debris nor algae can reach it underground. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit almost any place you wish.

The Wide Array of Outdoor Wall Fountains

You can find peace and silence when you add a wall fountain in your backyard or patio. Even a small space can include a custom-made one.

Both the stand alone and fitted models must have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. Traditional, modern, antique, and Asian are just some of the styles from which you can consider.

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

A stand-alone water feature can either be incorporated onto a wall already in existence or built into a wall under construction. A unified look can be realized with this type of water feature because it seems to become part of the scenery rather than an added element.

Consider Buying a Self-Contained Water Feature for Your Backyard

Self-Contained fountains are inexpensive and easy to install and are therefore quite common. All of the parts are included with the fountain even the plumbing and pump. Fountains that feature their own water supply are also known as “self-contained”.

Self-contained water fountains are rather easy to set up making them the ideal option for your patio or veranda. Due to the fact that they are easily moveable, it is easy to relocate them whenever you want.

The first thing the landscaper will need to find out is whether or not the land is even. Do not worry if the land is not flat, your landscaper can always even it out. The time has come to position your water feature in place and fill it with water. The last step is to plug it into an outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

Since it is stand-alone and does not need an alternative water source or plumbing, a self-contained fountain is perfect for anyone looking for ease and convenience. The center of a garden is a typical spot for a water fountain so as to get the most visibility, even though they can be placed anywhere. You purchase them in many different materials such as cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.


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