Agrippa's Eye-popping, but Mostly Forgotten Water-Lifting Device
In 1588, Agrippa’s water-lifting invention attracted the interest and compliments of Andrea Bacci but that turned out to be one of the last mentions of the gadget. It may be that the Acqua Felice, the second of Rome’s initial modern aqueducts made the unit obsolete when it was linked to the Villa Medici in 1592. In reality it was perhaps merely abandoned when Ferdinando went back to Florence in 1588 soon after the demise of his sibling, Francesco di Medici, leading Ferdinando to give up his position as a cardinal in order to protect his place as the next Grand Duke of Tuscany. Renaissance landscapes of the later part of the sixteenth century happened to be home to works like melodious water features, scenographic water exhibits and water caprices (giochi d’acqua), but these were not brimming with water in ways which defied the force of gravity itself.
Your Outdoor Living Area: An Ideal Place for a Garden Fountain
A good way to enhance the appearance of your outdoor living area is to add a wall fountain or an exterior garden fountain to your landscaping or garden layout. Any number of current designers and fountain artisans have found ideas in the fountains and water features of the past. Therefore, in order to connect your home to previous times, add one these in your decor. The advantage of having a garden fountain extends beyond its beauty as it also attracts birds and other wildlife, in addition to harmonizing the ecosystem with the water and moisture it releases into the atmosphere. For example, birds attracted by a fountain or birdbath can be helpful because they fend off annoying flying insects.
Spouting or cascading fountains are not the best alternative for a small backyard since they occupy a great deal of space.
Two options to pick from include either a freestanding type with an even back set against a fence or wall in your backyard, or a wall-mounted, self-contained type which hangs on a wall. Adding a fountain to an existent wall requires that you add a fountain mask as well as a basin at the base to collect the water. It is best not to attempt this job on your own as skilled plumbers and masons are best suited to do this kind of work.
Contemporary Garden Decor: Large Outdoor Water Fountains and their Roots
A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.
The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the area. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move down or shoot high into the air. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the artist who created it. The main components used by the Romans to build 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 mini variations of the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were meant to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. To mark the entryway 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 entered the city of Rome
Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. The creation of unique water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.
Decorating city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the uses of modern-day fountains.
Exterior Water Features Come in Lots of Forms and Sizes
Convert your garden into what you have always wished for – an oasis of peace. Integrating a fountain into your garden provides tranquility as well as numerous powerful effects that come with having a water feature.
The beauty of a spouting fountain can be seen when it propels a stream of shooting water into the air. Large, existing ponds can have one of these incorporated without much hassle.
You may have encountered one of these in a recreation area or an old mansion.
One of the myriad examples of an outdoor water feature is a classy wall fountain. Such fountains make for a great addition to your yard even if it is small. Wall fountains are not flamboyant water features as compared to a spouting fountain. In this straightforward process, water is ejected from a little spout, goes down a beautifully textured wall, before being collected at the bottom and returned to the top once again.
Dependent on the look you have chosen for the garden, you could consider a themed fountain. In a rustic themed bungalow or yard, a traditional styled statue for your fountain could include cherubs holding the spout. Contemporary gardens, on the other hand, benefit from something more adventurous. Feel free to let your hair down and choose something interesting and intrepid.
The main characteristic of tiered fountains is the multiple levels spewing out water. Water streaming down multiple levels of this water feature is the chief attribute of a cascading fountain.
Since external fountains require a great deal of space, think about putting in a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. The reservoirs required for these types of fountains are buried underground which helps you better use your limited space.
Install a Japanese fountain if you are looking for a sense of relaxation. Bamboo sticks function as the tubing from which water flows in these kinds of water features. The cycle of water falling into a rustic-styled bucket or a shaped stone repeats itself again and again.
Fountains created from glass are another type on the market. Trellis-style fountains of this kind, showcase molded metalwork which provides a more conventional look. Water features such as these are best suited to gardens with many sharp corners as well as modern-day forms and designs. As the water streams over the top of the glass it produces a dazzling effect. Colorful LED lights are also included in some fountains to illuminate the water as it moves down the sheet of glass. A rock waterfall fountain (often made of imitation rock) shows off water gently flowing down its façade.
Bubbling rock fountains are large rocks drilled with holes which are then filled with pipes in the middle. Low pressure is employed to spout out the water which then bubbles and gurgles at the top. Flowing towards the base of the fountain, the water comes back as a slow dribble down the sides of the rock. This sort of fountain is ideally suited for small gardens. To ensure that water is not sprayed around if it starts to get windy, this kind of fountain is the best option since it only uses low pressure to move water.
Solar powered fountains have become more popular recently since they run on sunlight. The reasons for this are diverse, from the absence of wires and the reduced complexities to the decreased power bills and the beneficial impact on our environment. The wide-ranging designs in outdoor solar-run fountains means you will not have to compromise on style.
Can Fountains Help Purify The Air?
An otherwise boring ambiance can be pepped up with an indoor wall fountain. Installing this type of indoor feature positively affects your senses and your general well-being. If you doubt the benefits of water fountains, just look at the science supporting this theory. The negative ions produced by water features are countered by the positive ions released by present-day conveniences. Beneficial changes to both your mental and physical health take place when the negative ions are overpowered by the positive ions. They also raise serotonin levels, so you begin to feel more aware, relaxed and revitalized. Due to the negative ions it releases, an indoor wall fountain can improve your mood and also eliminate impurities in the air. Allergies, pollutants among other annoyances can be done away with by these water features. Finally, these fountains absorb dust particles and micro-organisms in the air thereby affecting your general health for the better.