Archaic Greek Artwork: Outdoor Statuary

Archaic Greeks were known for creating the first freestanding statuary; up until then, most carvings were constructed out of walls and pillars as reliefs. pd-204__74290.jpg For the most part the statues, or kouros figures, were of adolescent and nice-looking male or female (kore) Greeks. Representing beauty to the Greeks, the kouroi were made to look rigid and always had foot forward; the males were healthy, strong, and naked. Life-sized versions of the kouroi appeared beginning in 650 BC. Throughout the Archaic period, a great time of change, the Greeks were developing new sorts of government, expressions of art, and a greater comprehension of people and cultures outside Greece. But in spite of the disputes, the Greek civilization went on to advance, unabated.

The Myriad Ways You Can Profit from Water Features

Any setting can be improved by the sights, sounds and improved air quality produced by outdoor fountains. Not only do they add elegance to your decor, they also provide a great place to gather with family and friends, and offer a range of health benefits. That said, once you install your fountain you will likely discover the myriad benefits it provides to only you. You might be reminded of a great vacation or trip you took. It might remind you of that special person. It could also be turned into a memorial to pay your respects to someone already passed. You will no doubt appreciate its benefits and beauty for a long time.

A Few Simple Techniques to Install a Wall Water Feature

Wall elements can complement any room. A waterfall will bring a feeling of tranquility with the comforting sounds of trickling water.

People tend to set up their wall fountains in entryways, but, in fact, they can be a wonderful addition to any room where everyone meets. How to install one varies somewhat depending on the model, but there are some general instructions that apply to all of them. Set-up will include putting together various pieces. You will need to connect the pump and tubing, and the base will need to be secured to the top portion. It is advisable to carefully look at the guidelines before you start the assembly process. Generally, it is quick and easy. Keep in mind, though, that each style might require a slight adjustment. Do not hesitate to get someone to assist you to position the wall fountain in the right spot while you make a small mark on the wall. The best way to ensure it is installed correctly is to use a level. Draw your markings at both the top and the bottom. Wall fountains can be installed in more than one way. There are slots on the back which can be placed onto the screws you place on the wall. Another option is to hang it on brackets you have secured to the wall. The bracket alternative is best, particularly for wall fountains that are big and heavy. Determine where the brackets need to be located and mark the wall accordingly.

To insert the drywall anchors, first off drill pilot holes into the wall. Insert the anchors by correctly hammering them into the wall. Attach the brackets by making sure they are level and then screwing them into the wall using a drill or screwdriver. At this point, pick up your unit and fit it on the mounting brackets. Ensure that it is securely installed and straight. Add some water once the wall fountain is ready. There should be adequate water to cover the water pump. It is now time to plug it in and watch the water circulate. Very carefully put in just enough water to reach one inch below the top edge of the basin. Note that it will overflow when not pumping if you fill it to the top edge. Anytime the water is not being pumped, it all settles at the bottom part causing the water level to rise. Harm can be be the result if the water is overly full and overflows down your wall.

The Results of the Norman Conquest on Anglo Saxon Gardens

The introduction of the Normans in the later half of the 11th century greatly transformed The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. Architecture and gardening were skills that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation.

However, there was no time for home life, domestic design, and decoration until the Normans had overcome the whole region. Monasteries and castles served separate functions, so while monasteries were massive stone structures assembled in only the most productive, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the people focused on understanding offensive and defensive tactics. The sterile fortresses did not provide for the quiet avocation of horticulture. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is depicted in Berkeley Castle, which is most likely the most unscathed illustration we have. It is said that the keep was developed during William the Conqueror's time. A big terrace meant for walking and as a way to stop enemies from mining below the walls runs around the building. On one of these parapets is a scenic bowling green covered in grass and bordered by an aged hedge of yew that has been designed into coarse battlements.

Outdoor Elegance: Outdoor Garden Fountains

Having a pond in the vicinity of your outdoor water fountain is no longer required because they can now be situated on a wall close by. Moreover, it is no longer necessary to excavate, deal with a difficult installation process or tidy up the pond. Plumbing is no longer a necessity since this feature in now self-sufficient. Do not forget, however, to put in water at regular intervals. Remove the water from the basin and place fresh water in its place when you see that the area is unclean.

Outdoor wall fountains come in many different materials, but they are normally made of stone and metal.

The most suitable material for your water feature depends entirely on the design you choose. Garden wall fountains come in many forms and sizes, therefore ensure that the design you decide to buy is hand-crafted, easy to hang and lightweight. Buying a fountain which needs little maintenance is important as well. Generally, most installations are straight forward since the only pieces which may require examination are the re-circulating pump and the hanging hardware whereas other kinds of setups can be a little more difficult. It is very easy to spruce up your yard with these types of fountains.


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