"Old School" Garden Fountain Designers

Often working as architects, sculptors, designers, engineers and discerning scholars, all in one, fountain creators were multi-talented individuals from the 16th to the later part of the 18th century. Leonardo da Vinci as a inspired genius, inventor and scientific virtuoso exemplified this Renaissance master. The forces of nature led him to examine the properties and movement of water, and due to his fascination, he carefully recorded his ideas in his now famed notebooks. ft_155__66474.jpg Early Italian fountain engineers changed private villa configurations into inventive water showcases full of symbolic meaning and natural charm by combining creativity with hydraulic and horticultural expertise. The humanist Pirro Ligorio, renowned for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design, provided the vision behind the splendors in Tivoli. Masterminding the extraordinary water marbles, water attributes and water jokes for the various mansions near Florence, some other water feature designers were well versed in humanistic subjects and time-honored technical texts.

Explore the World’s Tallest Water Displays

The King Fahd Fountain ( crafted in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. The water reaches the amazing height of 260 meters (853 feet) over the Red Sea.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd with water heights of 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) found next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is number three on the list. This fountain is considered the tallest in the U.S. with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water shoots 190 meters (620 feet) high.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps function at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is located next to tallest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. Once every half hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded musical themes while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, finished in 1970, launching water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

A Fabulous Example of Roman Talent: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a treasure trove of pagan and Christian artifacts on the grounds of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a recognized marble sculpture found in the portico of the nearby basilica. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was not well known and situated far from sight making it difficult to visit. The part of town where it was situated was depressing and bleak which was enough to keep people away. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was mandated by Pope Clement XI to erect a water fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an attempt to make the area more popular. The task of laying down the church’s foundation began on August 17, 1717. 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 thrown in.

Ancient Greece: The Roots of Garden Statue Design

A good number of sculptors were remunerated by the temples to accentuate the elaborate pillars and archways with renderings of the gods until the period came to a close and many Greeks began to think of their religion as superstitious rather than sacred, when it became more typical for sculptors to represent everyday men and women as well. Portraiture, which would be recognized by the Romans upon their annexation of Greek civilization became traditional as well, and thriving families would often commission a portrait of their forebears to be added in immense familial tombs. Over the years of The Greek Classical period, a time of aesthetic development, the use of sculpture and many other art forms greatly improved, so it is inaccurate to say that the arts served merely one function. Greek sculpture is probably enticing to us nowadays because it was an avant-garde experiment in the ancient world, so it doesn't make a difference whether its original function was religious zeal or artistic pleasure.

The Best Way to Hang a Wall Fountain

Improve virtually any room with the addition of a wall fountain. The calming sound of the waterfall will relax and comfort.

While any space will benefit from a wall fountain, they are most often put in foyers. How to mount one varies a bit depending on the model, but there are some general instructions that apply to all of them. There are typically several pieces that need to be put together. You should first attach the bottom to the upper portion, then connect the pump and the tubing. It is advisable to carefully look at the guidelines before you start the assembly process. The set-up technique is quite simple to understand. Keep in mind, though, that each style might need a slight change. Have a friend hold the wall fountain in the desired place, then mark the wall appropriately. To facilitate a straight line, use a level. It is suggested to mark both the bottom and the top placements. Wall fountains can be hung in more than one way. You can place the screws in the wall and slide them into the slots on the back of the wall fountain. Alternatively, brackets can be secured to the wall. This last one is the more advisable method, particularly if your fountain is large. Determine where the brackets need to be placed and mark the wall as required. Utilize a drill to make the pilot holes on the wall for the drywall anchors. Attentively hammer the anchors into the wall. Use a cordless drill or a screwdriver to install the brackets, making sure they are straight. The wall fountain is all set to be fitted onto the brackets. Be certain that it is perfectly aligned and not loose.

When you are certain the unit is stable, add water. The pump should be completely submerged under water. It is now time to plug it in and see the water trickle. Very carefully add just enough water to reach one inch below the top edge of the basin. Be aware that it will overflow when not pumping if you fill it to the top. The water level will rise since it all settles at the bottom of the basin if not getting pumped. The water will overflow and cause property damage if the wall fountain is overly full.


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