Keeping Your Garden Wall Fountain Clean

It is vital to carefully maintain water fountains for them to function optimally. 50026ss__32848.jpg It is important to clean it out and get rid of any debris or foreign elements that might have dropped into or onto it. Also, algae tends to build up wherever natural light meets water. Mix hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular problem. Bleach can also be mixed into the water, but this is not an ideal option as it can harm birds or other animals.

Experts advise that the typical garden fountain undergoes a thorough scrubbing every three-four months. Before cleaning, all of the water must be eliminated. When you have done this, scrub inside the water reservoir with a mild detergent. Feel free to use a toothbrush if needed for any tiny crevasses. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the inside of the fountain to make sure all the soap is gone.

Make sure you get rid of any calcium or plankton by taking the pump apart and scrubbing the inside properly. Letting it soak in vinegar for a few hours first will make it much easier to clean. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to avoid any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

Finally, be sure to have a quick look at your fountain daily and add water if you notice that the level is too low. Allowing the water to drop below the pump’s intake level, can cause severe damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome!

A Magnificent Example of Roman Artistry: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a wealth of pagan and Christian artifacts on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was not well known and located far from sight making it hard to visit. The part of town where it was located was depressing and uninviting which generally kept visitors away. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was mandated by Pope Clement XI to build 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 saw the beginning of the task to put down the foundation of the church. After blessing of the first stone, medallions bearing 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.

Disappearing Water Fountains: Some of the Plusses of Having one in your Backyard

Disappearing fountains also go by the term “pondless” fountains. It is referred to as “disappearing” since the water source is below ground. Any spot where there are people, such as a walking path, is ideal for a disappearing fountain since it adds pleasant sounds and a lovely visual effect. It is not difficult to find the kind that is right for you, as there are so many to choose from such as millstones, ceramic urns, waterfalls, and also those with granite columns.

There are many unique benefits to a disappearing fountain as opposed to other fountains. Since the water source is below ground, there is no exposed water to pose a risk to those around it. This means that youngsters can safely be around it. Evaporating water is also not an issue because the water supply is not exposed to heat. This kind of fountain, therefore, is a good option for areas where there is a need to reduce water consumption.

The time you spend on maintenanceis also minimized since algae does not grow underground and rubbish can not get into the water source. Lastly, it is easier to find a place for it because of its small size.

The Perfect Multi-Level Water Element for your Yard

Gardens are popular places to display a multi-tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. These kinds of fountains are widespread in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean nations. Common places to see them are in courtyards and city squares. Tiered fountains come in a wide variety of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively plain types.

While they can be seen just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic settings. The fountain should blend right into the surroundings as if it has been there since the beginning.

Attributes of Outdoor Statuary in Archaic Greece

Archaic Greeks were renowned for creating the first freestanding statuary; up till then, most carvings were formed out of walls and pillars as reliefs. Most of these freestanding sculptures were what is known as kouros figures, statues of young, attractive male or female (kore) Greeks. The kouroi were considered by the Greeks to embody beauty and were sculpted with one foot leading and an uncompromising rigidity to their forward-facing poses; the male statues were always strapping, brawny, and undressing. The kouroi became life-sized beginning in 650 BC. The Archaic period was an amazing time of change for the Greeks as they expanded into new forms of government, created unique expressions of art, and gained insights of the men and women and cultures outside of Greece. But these disputes did not prohibit the emergence of the Greek civilization. {


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