Contemporary Sculpture in Old Greece

A good number of sculptors were remunerated by the temples to accentuate the elaborate pillars and archways with renderings of the gods right up 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 common for sculptors to portray everyday people as well. Portraiture started to be widespread as well, and would be welcomed by the Romans when they conquered the Greeks, and sometimes well-off families would order a representation of their progenitors to be put inside their huge familial tombs. 50721md__36443.jpg It is amiss to say that the arts had one aim throughout The Classical Greek period, a time period of innovative achievement during which the use of sculpture and other art forms evolved. Whether to fulfill a visual yearning or to rejoice in the figures of religion, Greek sculpture was actually an imaginative practice in the ancient world, which may well be what attracts our interest today.

Installation and Maintenance of Fountains

An important first step before installing any outdoor wall feature is to think about the room you have available. It will require a strong wall to support its total weight. Also keep in mind that smaller areas or walls will require a lightweight fountain. You will need to have an electrical plug in proximity to the fountain so it can be powered. Since there are many types of outdoor wall fountains, installation techniques vary, but the majority include user-friendly instructions.

Generally, when you purchase an outdoor wall fountain, it will come in an easy-to-use kit that will include all the needed information to install it correctly. A submersible pump, hoses and basin, or reservoir, are provided in the kit. The basin can usually be concealed among your garden plants if it is not too big. Other than the regular cleaning, little upkeep is required once your outdoor wall fountain is installed.

Replenishing and cleaning the water on a routine basis is very important. Leaves, branches or dirt are examples of debris which should be cleared away quickly. Excessively cold temperatures can damage your outdoor wall fountain so be sure to protect it during the winter months. In order to avoid any damage, such as cracking, from freezing water during the cold winter season, relocate your pump inside. The bottom line is that if you properly maintain and care for your outdoor fountain, it will bring you joy for years to come.

Where did Landscape Fountains Begin?

The amazing or decorative effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as delivering drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were simply there to serve as functional elements. 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 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move downwards or shoot high into the air. Acting as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also generated clean, fresh drinking water. The main materials used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create smaller variations of the gardens of paradise. Fountains played a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature. 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

The end of the 19th century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Embellishing city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the functions of modern-day fountains.

The World’s Most Impressive Water Features

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the highest continually-functioning fountain in the world. Reaching incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

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

Located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is 3rd placed Gateway Geyser (1995). It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which shoots water 190 meters (620 feet) into the heavens.

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to tallest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded songs and shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) in height -it also has built in extreme shooters, though only used during special events, which reach 150 meters (490 feet) in height.

Jetting water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in 7th.

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

Can Large Outdoor Fountains Help Cleanse The Air?

If what you are after is to breathe life into an otherwise uninspiring ambiance, an indoor wall fountain can be the answer.

Pleasant to the senses and beneficial to your well-being, these indoor features are an excellent addition to your home. If you doubt the benefits of water fountains, just look at the research supporting this idea. The negative ions generated by water features are offset by the positive ions released by contemporary conveniences. Beneficial changes to both your emotional and physical health take place when the negative ions are overpowered by the positive ions. A rise in serotonin levels is felt by those who have one of these water features making them more alert, serene and lively. Indoor wall fountains {generate negative ions which serve to elevate your mood and remove air pollutants. Allergies, air-borne pollutants among other annoyances can be done away with by these water features. And lastly, dust particles and microbes in the air are removed and lead to improved health.


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