Use a Landscape Fountain To Help Improve Air Quality

You can animate your living area by putting in an indoor wall fountain. Your senses and your health can benefit from the installation of one of these indoor features. Science supports the hypothesis that water fountains are excellent for you. Modern-day appliances emit positive ions which are balanced out by the negative ions released by water features. 50325dt__61044.jpg When positive ions overtake negative ones, this results in improved mental and physical wellness. 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 mood and also eliminate impurities in the air. Water features also help in eliminating allergens, pollutants among other sorts of irritants. Lastly, the dust particles and micro-organisms floating in the air inside your house are absorbed by water fountains leading to better overall health.

Archaic Greek Artistry: Large Statuary

The primitive Greeks developed the first freestanding statuary, an amazing achievement as most sculptures up until then had been reliefs cut into walls and pillars. Youthful, attractive male or female (kore) Greeks were the subject matter of most of the sculptures, or kouros figures. Representing beauty to the Greeks, the kouroi were designed to look stiff and commonly had foot forward; the males were healthy, strong, and naked. In about 650 BC, the differences of the kouroi became life-sized. During the Archaic time, a big time of change, the Greeks were evolving new sorts of government, expressions of art, and a deeper comprehension of people and cultures outside Greece.

During this time and other times of historical tumultuousness, clashes often occurred, among them battles fought between city-states such as the Arcadian wars and the Spartan infiltration of Samos.

The Popularity of Water Elements in Japanese Gardens

A water element is an important part of any Japanese garden. 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. Since water is the most essential element of any Japanese fountain, the design is usually simple.

Many people also opt for a water fountain that features a bamboo spout. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically constructed of natural rocks, and water trickles out. People typically make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are often put in place around a fountain so that it seems more interconnected with nature. Obviously, this fountain is something more than just a simple decoration.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain enhanced with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel.

Gradually moss begins to grow over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area starts to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

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

Japanese fountains, though, do not actually need to have water in them. Pretty rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. The semblance of a creek with moving water can also be achieved by placing flat stones very closely together.

The Famous Revelation Fountain at the Gardens of Chatsworth

Created by popular British sculptor Angela Conner, "Revelation" is the latest addition to the Chatsworth decorative garden fountains. The late 11th Duke of Devonshire commissioned her, due to her work in brass and steel, to design a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth in commemoration of the Queen’s 80th birthday bash. In 1999 Revelation was set up in Jack Pond, one of Chatsworth’s earliest ponds. The four big steel flower petals open and close with the flow of water, alternately camouflaging and revealing a gold colored globe at the sculpture’s heart. Standing five meters high and five meters wide, the globe was made from steel and then coated with gold dust. This newest water feature is an exciting and interesting improvement to the Gardens of Chatsworth, because the movement of petals is totally driven by water.

An Absolute Roman Marvel: The Santa Maria Water Fountain in Cosmedin

Remarkable finds of both Christian and pagan origin have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The well-known marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was situated off the beaten track, it remained relatively unknown. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a sad and desolate part of the city. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI commissioned the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the job to lay 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.


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