Agrippa's Astonishing, but Mostly Forgotten Water-Lifting Technology

Although the machine designed by Agrippa for raising water attained the respect of Andrea Bacci in 1588, it seemed to fade not long thereafter. Only years afterward, in 1592, the earliest modern Roman aqueduct, the Acqua Felice, was linked to the Medici’s villa, probably making the device outmoded. In reality it was probably simply disused when Ferdinando went back to Florence in 1588 soon after the expiry of his sibling, Francesco di Medici, leading Ferdinando to give up his cardinalship to protect his position as the next Grand Duke of Tuscany. p_706__56651.jpg Renaissance landscapes of the later part of the sixteenth century happened to be home to works like musical water fountains, scenographic water displays and water caprices (giochi d’acqua), but these were not brimming with water in ways which violated gravity itself.

"Primitive" Greek Artistry: Garden Statuary

The Archaic Greeks developed the first freestanding statuary, an amazing achievement as most sculptures up until then had been reliefs cut into walls and pillars. Most of these freestanding sculptures were what is known as kouros figures, statues of young, attractive male or female (kore) Greeks. Regarded as by Greeks to represent beauty, the kouroi were formed into stiff, forward facing poses with one foot outstretched, and the male statues were usually nude, muscular, and athletic. In about 650 BC, the differences of the kouroi became life-sized. A substantial period of transformation for the Greeks, the Archaic period introduced about more forms of government, expressions of artwork, and a greater appreciation of people and customs outside of Greece. But in spite of the disputes, the Greek civilization went on to advance, unabated.

Increase Business with a Water Feature in Your Offices

Most customers value water fountains. Increasing traffic flow and differentiating yourself from the competition are just some of the benefits of having a water fountain in your place of work. Yoga studios, bookstores, coffee shops, salons as well as other retail stores can all benefit from including a visible water feature outside. A water fountain will provide the perfect ambiance to a business where people like to gather and relax. A pub or restaurant should contemplate adding a water fountain to draw in couples trying to find a romantic setting.

Where are the World’s Most Impressive Water Showpieces?

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. The water reaches the astonishing height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water shooting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this fountain is the tallest in the United States.

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water jets 190 meters (620 feet) high.

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain opened in 2009 near to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. The fountain propels water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

Built in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at number 7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

Lastly is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

Why Get Your Personal Pond Water Feature

When visualizing a fountain, most people first think of the artfully sculpted ones found adorning beautiful homes, parks, public buildings, etc. However, they can really fit any area, as they can be made in just about any shape, size, and design. Your very own lawn or yard can be a great spot for a pond fountain.

Two major benefits can result from installing one of your own. First are the lovely aesthetics and tranquil nature of fountains. What you long for at the end of a rough day is the soothing sound of the water and a tranquil ambiance. A bit of elegance and charm will also be added to the ambiance. Also, hosting a party will be more fun, as your lovely fountain will encourage guests to interact and take photos.

Another good reason to put in this type of water element is to keep the water in your pond fresher for your fish. A pond fountain will aerate the water by keeping it circulating, which is ideal for fish. The continual motion of the water and the increased oxygen levels will make sure your fish stay healthy. You should see healthier flowers too.


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