The Popularity of Water Elements in Japanese Landscapes

ft_276__88914.jpg You will rarely see a Japanese garden that does not have a water element. They tend to be located right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are thought to be representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. It is unusual to see extravagantly-designed Japanese fountains because the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

Many people also choose a water fountain that includes a bamboo spout. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically crafted of natural rocks, and water trickles out. Even when new, it should be made to look as if it has been outside for a long time. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they place plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. As you can likely deduce, this fountain is symbolic rather than just decorative.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain embellished with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. In time, as moss gradually covers the stones, it becomes even more natural-looking.

Anyone who has an extensive spot to work with can, of course, out in a much bigger water feature. Lots of people add a koi pond or a little stream as a final touch.

However, water does not have to be an addition in a Japanese water fountain. Lots of people choose to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in real water. The illusion of a creek with trickling water can also be achieved by placing flat stones very closely together.

Agrippa’s Splendid Water-lifting Appliance

In 1588, Agrippa’s water-lifting invention captivated the interest and compliments of Andrea Bacci but that turned out to be one of the last references of the technology.

It could perhaps be that in 1592 when Rome’s latest aqueduct, the Acqua Felice, set about supplying the Villa Medici, there was simply no longer very much need for the system. The more likely reason is that the unit was forgotten when Franceso di Medici, Ferdinando’s siblingpassed away in 1588, leading him to give up his rank as cardinal and go back to Florence where he received the throne as the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Renaissance gardens of the later part of the sixteenth century were home to works like musical water fountains, scenographic water displays and water caprices (giochi d’acqua), but these were not brimming with water in ways that defied gravitation itself.

The Famous Revelation Waterworks at Chatsworth Gardens

The renowned British sculptor Angela Conner created the Chatsworth ornamental outdoor fountain called “Revelation.” She was delegated by the now deceased 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. Jack Pond, one of Chatsworth’s most venerable ponds, had “Revelation” placed in 1999. It takes the form of four big petals crafted from steel which opens and close with the water circulation, alternately concealing and displaying a golden globe at the sculpture’s center. A gold dust painted metallic globe was made and incorporated into the big sculpture standing five meters in height and five meters wide. The petals move based on the movement of water, making this installation an exciting addition to the Gardens of Chatsworth.

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

Remarkable finds of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome.

The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a renowned marble sculpture located in the portico of the nearby basilica. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. It was said that there was nothing worth seeing in this area, as it was bleak and abandoned making it an unfriendly place to visit. In order to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain for the area. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the task to put down the foundation of the church. The consecration of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Getting to Know About Stand-Alone Water Elements

Self-contained fountains are ideal for anyone looking for affordability and adaptability. You do not need any more components because they all come included with the instructions for your fountain. Another meaning of “self-contained” is a fountain which includes its own a water source.

Self-contained fountains are quick to install making them well suited for anyone looking for a patio fountain. They are also easy to move from place to place.

The place you want to situate your fountain will need to be even, so your landscaper will need to first determine if this is the case. Lawns and gardens tend to be lumpy so your landscaper will have to level the area where you want to install it. Your water feature is now ready for placement and the addition of water. The remaining step is to plug it into an outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

If you need a fountain that will not require an outside water source or additional plumbing, a self-contained fountain is ideal. Many fountain owners want them to be the focal point of their yards and put them right in the middle, although they can certainly go anywhere in the garden. You can buy them in myriad different materials such as cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.


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