A True Roman Wonder: The Santa Maria Water Feature in Cosmedin

Amazing finds of both Christian and pagan origin have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. win454__91599.jpg The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a recognized marble sculpture found in the portico of the nearby basilica. Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained mostly unknown. Due to the fact that the nearby area was gloomy and mostly abandoned, visitors 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 fountain for the area. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the task to lay down the foundation of the church. The blessing of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in showing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Garden Fountains for Compact Areas

The reflective properties of water means it can make small areas look larger than they are. Dark materials alter the reflective properties of a fountain or water feature. Night time is a great time to draw attention to the lighted, colored underwater lights in your new water feature. Sunlight is required to power eco-lights during the day time while submerged lights are great for night use. The comforting effect created by these is oftentimes used in nature techniques to alleviate anxiety and stress.

Water just blends into the greenery in your yard. People will be centered on the pond, artificial river or fountain in your yard.

Examples of spots where you can install a water element include large lawns or small patios. The atmosphere can be significantly changed by placing it in the best place and using the proper accessories.

Things You Will Need for an Outdoor Water Fountain

A water source and an electrical outlet are two essential items that many people do not think about when determining where they want to place their garden fountain. The delight of owning one occasionally causes people to skip the technical details 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 most convenient 120v outlet. You will also need to have a water supply close by so that you can easily fill your water fountain. Carrying large amounts of water is difficult so you do not want to have to carry it a long distance. A nearby hose is useful when time comes to fill the fountain. The ideal setup is with a water fountain autofill, but this has to be attached to an external water line and requires a professional to install it.

Water Fountains: Important in any Japanese Gardens

You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not include a water element. 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.

The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

Moreover, water fountains that have bamboo spouts are very popular. Under the bamboo spout is typically a stone basin which receives the water as it flows down from the spout. In addition, it is important to the overall look that it appear as if it has been outside for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are frequently put in place around a fountain so that it seems more interconnected with nature. As you can likely deduce, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the surroundings, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Anyone who has an extensive area to work with can, of course, out in a much bigger water feature. Consider adding a lovely final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

However, water does not have to be an addition in a Japanese water fountain. It is acceptable to use representations of water in place of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. The semblance of a creek with trickling water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.

From Where Did Large Outdoor Fountains Begin?

The incredible architecture 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 linked to a spring or aqueduct to provide potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move down or jet high into the air. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. Roman fountains usually depicted images of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. To replicate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. To show his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. To mark the entrance of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the building of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for fresh, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Modern fountains are used to embellish community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.

Enhance Your Yard with the Help of Feng Shui

Introducing feng shui design into your yard will help circulate its energy into your home and your life.

As far as the size of your garden goes, it is not particularly important when adding feng shui design to it.

It is terrific to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can always incorporate feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to introduce feng shui design into your home can be used in the garden. Since the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your house’s bagua, you will need to start off by understanding the bagua of the house.

Before getting underway, make sure you grasp the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast portion of your garden which connects to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. The ideal addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a peaceful Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas perfect for a water element.


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