Where did Large Garden Fountains Begin?

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes. twf131-ei__96111.jpg

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were simply there to serve as functional elements. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to supply potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains functioned using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the designer who created it. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. To replicate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were supposed to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains made to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to enable fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

Contemporary fountains are used to adorn community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

Can Fountains Help Purify The Air?

An otherwise boring ambiance can be pepped up with an indoor wall fountain. Pleasant to the senses and beneficial to your well-being, these indoor features are an excellent addition to your home. The science behind the theory that water fountains can be good for you is unquestionable. Modern-day appliances emit positive ions which are balanced out by the negative ions released by water features. Positive changes to both your mental and physical health take place when the negative ions are overpowered by the positive ions. You can become more alert, calm and lively due to an increase in the serotonin levels resulting from these types of features. Due to the negative ions it releases, an indoor wall fountain can improve your spirits and also eliminate impurities in the air.

Allergies, pollutants among other annoyances can be done away with by these water features. And lastly, dust contaminants and microbes in the air are removed and lead to improved health.

Why Your Pets and Flying Visitors Relish Water Fountains

Wildlife and pets are by nature attracted to bird feeders and water fountains. All birds need somewhere to drink, bathe and preen. Robins, thrushes, orioles and warblers, though not attracted to bird feeders, are instead drawn to the motion of water created by fountains. Many birds prefer moving water versus standing water, making an outdoor fountain even more appealing than a bowl-shaped bird bath. Trickling fountains which splash water have a more noticeable sound, this attracting even more birds.

As dog owners will concur these outdoor fountains are a great water resource for the four-legged creatures. Dogs and cats will be outside looking out for clean water during hot weather. Fountains generally require little cleaning due to their constantly flowing water, whereas birdbaths need to be regularly maintained because they easily collect debris.

The Grace of Simple Garden Decor: The Water Wall Fountain

Since garden water fountains are no longer hooked on a nearby pond, it is possible to place them close to a wall.

Nowadays, you can do away with digging, complicated installations and cleaning the pond. Due to its self-contained nature, this feature no longer needs plumbing work. All the same, water must be added regularly. Your pond and the nearby area are sure to get dirty at some point so be sure to drain the water from the basin and replace it with fresh water.

Any number of materials can be used to make garden wall fountains, but stone and metal are the most practical. You must know the style you are shooting for in order to select the best suited material. Garden wall fountains come in many shapes and sizes, therefore ensure that the design you decide to buy is hand-crafted, simple to hang and lightweight. Ensure that your fountain is manageable as far as maintenance is concerned. In general, most installations are straight forward since the only pieces which may require scrutiny are the re-circulating pump and the hanging hardware whereas other kinds of setups can be a little more difficult. You can effortlessly perk up your garden with these types of fountains.

The World’s Most Impressive Water Features

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). The water here shoots up to a elevation of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Coming in 2nd is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water shooting 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

Next is the fountain found in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which jets water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can attain up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are running, even though it normally only hits up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to tallest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and rockets water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

And finally we have the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.


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