The Ideal Tiered Water Element for your Yard

Gardens are popular places to display a tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. You can find a lot of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European nations. While they can be located anywhere, they are most typical in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people gather. While some multi-level fountains have intricate designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very simple. ft-126__91009.jpg

While they can be seen just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic environments. It should look as if the fountain has been part of the environment since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

Water Fountains: Important in any Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens typically have a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. Since water is the most essential element of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

You will also see many fountains that have spouts crafted of bamboo. The basin, which tends to be made of stones, receives the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. Even when new, it should be designed to look as if it has been out in the open for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are commonly put in place around a fountain so that it seems more interconnected with nature. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a beautiful add-on.

An alternative is to buy a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Wherever there is plenty of open space, you have the possibility to build a more extensive water feature. Charming add-ons include a babbling creek or tiny pool with koi in it.

However, water does not have to be an addition in a Japanese water fountain. Attractive 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 moving water can also be achieved by placing flat stones very closely together.

The Wonderful Santa Maria in Cosmedin Waterwork in Rome

Amazing finds of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around 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 portico. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. It was said that there was nothing worth seeing in this area, as it was bleak and abandoned making it an unfriendly place to visit. As part of a project to revitalize 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. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the job to lay down the foundation of the church. 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 blessing of the first stone.

The Genesis Of Fountains

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.

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to supply drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up until the 19th century, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also generated clean, fresh drinking water. Roman fountains often depicted images of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. Muslims and Moorish landscaping designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise.

Fountains played a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to extol their positions by adding beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

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

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

What You Will Need to Have for an Outdoor Fountain

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a suitable water source and an electrical outlet nearby. The thrill of owning one occasionally causes people to overlook 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 attach an extension cord to reach the most convenient 120v outlet. Install your fountain in a place near a water source as you will need to replenish it. Transporting water is difficult and laborious. A nearby garden hose is useful when time comes to fill the fountain. A water fountain autofill is an even better alternative, but will demand the help of someone who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

A Back Story of Outdoor Fountains

Hundreds of ancient Greek writings were translated into Latin under the auspices of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. He also undertook the beautification of the city to make it into the worthy seat of the Christian world. In 1453 he initiated the repairing of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried clear drinking water into the city from many miles away. Nicholas V also undertook the building of mostras, an old Roman practice of putting up spectacular public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. The fascinating roots of the Trevi Fountain go back to an older water fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The Trevi Fountain as well as the well-known baroque fountains located in the Piazza Navona and the Piazza del Popolo were eventually supplied with water from the altered, reconstructed aqueduct.


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