Outdoor Elegance: Landscape Fountains

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 excavations, complicated installations and cleaning the pond. Since this feature is self-contained, no plumbing work is required. ft-114__52124.jpg Do not forget, however, to put in water at regular intervals. Your pond and the surrounding area are sure to get dirty at some point so be sure to drain the water from the basin and fill it with fresh water.

Stone and metal are most common elements used to make garden wall fountains even though they can be manufactured from other materials as well. The most suitable material for your fountain depends entirely on the style you prefer. Outdoor wall fountains come in many models and sizes, therefore ensure that the design you choose to purchase is hand-crafted, easy to hang and lightweight. The fountain you purchase must be easy to maintain as well. In general, most installations are straight forward because the only pieces which may require examination are the re-circulating pump and the hanging hardware whereas other kinds of setups can be a bit more difficult. You can effortlessly liven up your garden with these kinds of fountains.

Making the Perfect Retreat Indoors or Outside

One good way to create a tranquil and relaxing area is to put in a feng shui fountain. The best plan is to put in a garden or home waterfall. It is a wonderful complement to the decoration of any house. The perfect location for your outdoor fountain is a spot where you can see it from indoors too.

Do not forget to add plants, as they have an important effect on the charm of a water fountain. Look for plant types that flourish throughout the year. Beautiful stones, sculptures, or a fireplace are also nice additions.

Modern Garden Decoration: Garden Fountains and their Beginnings

The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complement your home.

Pure functionality was the original role of fountains. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the vicinity. Until the late nineteenth, 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. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and memorialize the designer. Roman fountains usually depicted images of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts entered the city of Rome

Indoor plumbing became the key 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 helped fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Nowadays, fountains adorn public areas and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

A Real Roman Wonder: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan articles have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Located in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was not well known and situated far from sight making it difficult to visit. The part of town where it was located was depressing and uninviting which generally kept people away. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to erect a fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an attempt to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the work to put down the foundation of the church. After blessing of the first stone, medallions bearing the illustration of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.

Disappearing Water Fountains: A Few of the Advantages of Having one in your Backyard

The term “pondless fountain” is just another way to call a disappearing fountain. The water flows from a covered supply, hence the name. Any spot where there are people, such as a walking path, is ideal for a disappearing fountain since it adds pleasing sounds and a lovely visual effect. They are available in a wide variety of styles, some of which are ceramic urns, waterfalls, granite columns, and millstones.

There are many special benefits to a disappearing fountain as opposed to other fountains. The water comes from underground and does not form a large pool above ground so any danger to those around it is reduced. That said, you will not have to stress out about the safety of your children. Moreover, no water can evaporate because it is not exposed to the open air. Other kinds of fountains use more water due to evaporation. The water source will remain uncontaminated and free of dirt since it is underground and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to spend a lot of time cleaning it.

Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit almost anywhere you like.


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