The Story of Fountains

Hundreds of ancient Greek texts were translated into Latin under the auspices of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. wwdvs-ss__36953.1381414967.208.278_category.jpg He also undertook the embellishment of the city to make it into the worthy seat of the Christian world. In 1453 he initiated the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clear 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 practice also restored by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the space formerly filled with a wall fountain built by Leon Battista Albert, an architect employed by him. The aqueduct he had refurbished included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled 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.

Consider Buying a Stand-Alone Water Feature for Your Yard

Self-Contained fountains are economical and simple to install and are therefore in demand. The plumbing, pump, and other components come along with the fountain. Fountains that feature their own water resource are also referred to as “self-contained”.

Since they do not involve much work to install, self-contained fountains are ideal for patios and porches. They are also easy to transport from place to place.

The spot you want to situate your fountain will need to be even, so your landscaper will need to first determine if this is the case. If your landscaper thinks the land is too bumpy, he can always even it out it for you. Your water feature is now set for installation and the addition of water. The final thing still to do is to connect it to a power source such as batteries, a wall socket, or a solar panel, and it will be operational.

If you need a fountain that will not need an outside water source or extra plumbing, a self-contained fountain is perfect. Many fountain owners want them to be the focal point of their yards and position them right in the middle, although they can actually go anywhere in the garden. Cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass are just a few of the materials used to make them.

Installing a Wall Fountain In Smaller Yards

Since water causes a reflection, smaller spaces will appear bigger. Water features such as fountains benefit from the reflective attributes coming from dark materials. Night time is a great occasion to draw attention to the lighted, colored underwater lights in your new water feature.

Eco-lights powered by sunlight can be used during the day whereas you can use lights to brighten your backyard at night. Often utilized in natural therapies, they help to diminish anxiety and stress with their calming sounds.

Your backyard vegetation is a fantastic area to blend in your water feature. Turn your water feature such as a pond, artificial river, or fountain to become the central piece of your backyard. The flexibility of water features is that they can be installed in large backyards as well as in small verandas. The ambience can be significantly modified by placing it in the best place and using the proper accessories.

Enrich Your Workaday Life with a Water Fountain

From improving air quality to creating a feeling of tranquility to the area, a fountain adds so much to your life.

Both an indoor and an outdoor garden fountain will benefit you in ways you might not even know. People around the world are compelled to go to coastal cities and big bodies of water, most likely motivated by the fact that our bodies have a high water content. All living beings need water to exist, and while you could move to a pricey house on the beach somewhere, a much easier and less expensive option is to install a water feature wherever you live.

If you want to make your porch, patio, or back yard even more relaxing, think about getting an outdoor garden fountain. However lovely it already is, your site will be even more gorgeous if you add an outdoor water feature from the wide variety available. A terrific idea is to install one on the wall of your screened porch, or perhaps outside as part of your outdoor decor.

Add beauty and the lovely music of flowing water to your flower bed with a tiered model. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to motionless water, means that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for fresher water for wild birds. Complete your garden area with the peaceful sound of flowing water.

A Fabulous Example of Roman Know-How: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain

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 mainly for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. The situation of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. Since the nearby area was gloomy and mostly uninhabited, people were not particularly interested in visiting it. 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 design a water fountain for the area. The task of laying down the church’s first stones started on August 17, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated and medallions bearing the illustrations of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also thrown in.

The Benefits of Disappearing Water Elements in your Backyard

The other term for a disappearing fountain is a “pondless” fountain. The water comes from a covered source, hence the name. Disappearing fountains should be put near any place people hang out regularly, as they add so much to the surrounding area. They are available in an array of unique styles including waterfalls, columns made of granite, ceramic pots, and millstones.

A disappearing fountain could be the most appropriate choice for you for a number of reasons. The water rises from underground and does not form a large pool above ground so any risk to those around it is minimized. As such, it is okay for children to be near it.

Moreover, you will not need to stress about losing water to evaporation since it is stored below ground. Other sorts of fountains waste more water due to evaporation. The time you spend on maintenanceis also minimized since algae does not grow underground and debris can not get into the water source. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit nearly anywhere you want.


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