Installation and Maintenance of Outdoor Fountains

An important facet to think about is the size of the outdoor wall fountain in relation to the space in which you are going to install it. A strong wall is absolutely needed to hold up its total weight. Areas or walls which are smaller will require a lightweight fountain. You will need to have an electrical outlet in the vicinity of the fountain so it can be powered. There are many different models of fountains, each with their own set of simple, step-by-step instructions. pd-193__84896.jpg

The typical outdoor wall feature is available in an easy-to-use kit that comes with everything you need and more to properly install it. In the kit you are going to find all the needed elements: a submersible pump, hoses and basin, or reservoir. The basin can typically be hidden away among your garden plants if it is not too big. Once installed, wall fountains typically only need to have some light upkeep and regular cleaning.

Replenishing and purifying the water on a routine basis is very important. Remember to clear away debris like leaves, twigs or dirt as fast as possible. Make sure that your outdoor wall fountain is shielded from freezing winter temperatures. Your pump may break when exposed to freezing water during the winter, so it is best to bring it indoors to prevent any damage. Simply put, your outdoor fountain will be around for many years with the proper care and maintenance.

Chatsworth: The "Revelation" Water Display

“Revelation,” the most recent addition to the decorative outdoor fountains of Chatsworth, was developed by recognized British sculptor Angela Conner. In 2004/2005 she was commissioned by the now deceased 11th Duke of Devonshire to create a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth, in brass and steel, for the Queen’s 80th birthday. “Revelation” was added in 1999 in Jack Pond, one of Chatsworth’s oldest ponds. The four big steel flower petals open and close with the circulation of water, alternatively concealing and revealing a gold colored globe at the sculpture’s heart. A metallic globe finished with gold dust was included into the sculpture, which rests five meters in height and five meters in width. This latest fountain is an exciting and interesting addition to the Chatsworth Gardens, unique in that the movement of the flower petals is entirely driven by water.

Reasons to Consider Installing a Disappearing Water Fountain in your Garden

There are two names for this type of fountain: “disappearing” and “pondless”. The source of the water is not visible since it is underneath the surface of the ground. Disappearing fountains should be put near any place people hang out regularly, as they add so much to the surrounding area.

They come in a wide number of designs, some of which are ceramic urns, waterfalls, granite columns, and millstones.

There are many reasons to give some thought to buying a disappearing fountain. The water rises from underground and does not form a large pool above ground so any risk to those around it is minimized. This means that children can safely play around it. Evaporating water is also not a concern since the water supply is not out in the open. Therefore, your fountain will not use as much water as other kinds of fountains. 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 nearly any place you like.

The Plusses of Having Self-Contained Water Elements

Self-contained fountains are great for anyone looking for affordability and flexibility. The plumbing, pump, and other components come with the fountain. Fountains that come with their own water source are also referred to as “self-contained”.

Since they do not need much work to set up, self-contained fountains are ideal for patios and porches. Their mobility is also an advantage, as they are very easy to move around.

Once you determine where you want to set upyour fountain, your landscaper should ensure that it is not too bumpy or uneven. If your landscaper thinks the surface is too bumpy, he can always level it for you. The moment has come to position your water feature in place and fill it with water.

The last thing still to do is to connect it to a power source such as batteries, a wall socket, or a solar panel, and it will be set to go.

Anyone who does not have direct access to a water source or external plumbing should think about a self-contained fountain. While a fountain can be a focal point anywhere in a garden, many people place them in the middle. You purchase them in many differing materials such as cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

The Marvelous Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a wealth of heathen and Christian relics on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The celebrated marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. The situation of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. The part of town where it was situated 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 effort to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 marked the date when construction on the church’s foundation began. After blessing of the first stone, medallions with the images 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.


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