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 Modern Garden Decoration: Fountains and their Roots

Modern Garden Decoration: 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 supply drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements. 02254__48663.jpg Inhabitants of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains needed to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. 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 downwards 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 designer who created it. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often used by Romans to decorate their fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Urban fountains built at the end of the nineteenth served only as decorative and celebratory adornments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to bring recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Modern-day fountains function mostly as decoration for open spaces, to honor individuals or events, and compliment entertainment and recreational gatherings.

The City Of Rome, Gian Bernini, And Outdoor Water Fountains

There are countless famous water features in the city center of Rome. Pretty much all of them were designed, designed and constructed by one of the finest sculptors and designers of the 17th century, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. His skills as a fountain designer and also as a city architect, are visible throughout the avenues of Rome. Ultimately travelling to Rome to fully show their art, primarily in the shape of community water fountains, Bernini’s father, a distinguished Florentine sculptor, guided his young son. The young Bernini earned compliments from Popes and relevant artists alike, and was an excellent worker. Originally he was well known for his sculpting skills. Most particularly in the Vatican, he used a base of experience in classic Greek architecture and melded it effortlessly with Roman marble. He was influenced by many a great artists, however, Michelangelo had the biggest effect on his work.

A Wall Water Feature to Fit Your Design

A small patio or a courtyard is a great place to situate your wall fountain when you seek out peace and quiet. Even a little space can include a custom-built one. Whether it is stand alone or fitted, you will need a spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump. Traditional, modern, antique, and Asian are just a few of the styles from which you can consider.

Usually quite big, freestanding wall fountains, also known as floor fountains, have their basins on the floor.

On the other hand, a fountain attached to a wall can be added onto an existing wall or built into a new wall. A unified look can be achieved with this type of water feature because it seems to become part of the scenery rather than an added element.

Agrippa's Amazing, but Mostly Forgotten Water-Lifting System

Though the machine designed by Agrippa for lifting water earned the admiration of Andrea Bacci in 1588, it appeared to disappear not very long thereafter. It may have become dated when the Villa Medici was able to receive water from the Acqua Felice, the early modern aqueduct, in 1592. The better reason is that it was forgotten about when Ferdinando left for Florence in 1588, after the death of his brother Francesco di Medici, to trade his place as cardinal for one as the Grand Duke of Tuscany. #P# There might have been different impressive water-related works in Renaissance landscapes in the later part of the sixteenth century, such as water fountains that played music, water caprices (or giochi d’acqua) and also scenographic water presentations, but none of them were operated by water that defied the force of gravity.

Can Large Garden Fountains Help Purify The Air?

You can liven up your environment by installing an indoor wall fountain. Putting in 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 idea. Modern-day machines produce positive ions which are balanced out by the negative ions released by water features. When positive ions overtake negative ones, this results in greater mental and physical health. 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. They also help to eliminate allergies, pollutants as well as other types of irritants. Finally, these fountains absorb dust particles and micro-organisms in the air thereby influencing your general health for the better.