The Latest Inclusion to the Gardens of Chatsworth: "Revelation" Fountain

Angela Conner, the well-known British sculptor, designed “Revelation,” the latest acquisition to the ornamental exterior fountains of Chatsworth. brk-344-2__35802.jpg She was mandated by the late 11th Duke of Devonshire to produce a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth, in 2004/5 in commemoration of the Queen’s 80th birthday celebration. In 1999 Revelation was set up in Jack Pond, one of Chatsworth’s first ponds. It takes the shape of four large flower petals crafted of steel which opens and closes with the water flow, alternately concealing and revealing a golden globe at the sculpture’s center. The sculpture’s dimensions are five meters in height by five meters wide and incorporates a steel globe painted with gold dust. This latest fountain is an interesting addition to the Gardens at Chatsworth because the petals’ motion is totally run by water.

Water Features: Beloved Pets, Flying Visitors and You

Outdoor water features and bird feeders are a natural way to draw in wildlife and pets. Birds must have water to drink, bathe in, as well a place to groom, or preen. Robins, thrushes, orioles and warblers, though not attracted to bird feeders, are instead drawn to the motion of water produced by fountains. Many flying creatures appreciate running water rather than of still water, thus making such outdoor features much more appealing than bowl shaped birdbaths. Trickling fountains which splash water have a more detectable sound, this attracting even more birds.

As dog owners will concur these outdoor fountains are a great water resource for the four-legged creatures. Hot days drive dogs and cats to anxiously look for the freshest water around. Because water in fountains is always moving, they do not need much maintenance, whereas the still water of birdbaths collect debris and require more care.

Where did Landscape Fountains Come From?

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. Inhabitants of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains had to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often used by Romans to decorate their fountains. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create smaller variations of the gardens of paradise.

King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains made to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Nowadays, fountains adorn public spaces and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

Outdoor Water Features: The Perfect Way to Honor a Cherished One

For a loved one you have lost, a garden fountain can make a unique memorial. Age-old traditions are frequently met with resistance nowadays. However, people still typically have some sort of memorial for loved ones who have passed. Personal things from the dead person’s life often play an important part in a commemorative piece. They come in many shapes and sizes, and backyard garden fountains are quite widespread. Including pictures, planting a tree or flowers, attaching a custom made plaque, or holding a vigil at the fountain to pay tribute are ways you can make it more personal.

People you have lost can be commemorated in a nice loving manner with garden fountains. Prosperity, achievement, and good fortune all are depicted by the trickling water which celebrates the memory of the defunct. In order to last a long time, your garden fountain ought to be well made, solid, and resistant to bad weather. You will want to ensure that your memorial will survive many years once in place.

Anglo Saxon Gardens at the Time of the Norman Conquest

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was dramatically changed by the introduction of the Normans in the later eleventh century. The Normans were better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But yet there was no time for home life, domesticated architecture, and decoration until the Normans had conquered the whole region. Most often constructed upon windy summits, castles were fundamental structures that allowed their occupants to devote time and space to offensive and defensive programs, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings commonly placed in only the most fecund, broad valleys. Peaceful activities such as gardening were out of place in these desolate citadels. Berkeley Castle, maybe the most unspoiled style of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists in the present day. The keep is thought to date from the time of William the Conqueror. A spacious terrace intended for strolling and as a way to stop attackers from mining under the walls runs around the building. A picturesque bowling green, covered in grass and surrounded by battlements cut out of an ancient yew hedge, creates one of the terraces.


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