Ancient Garden Fountain Designers

Commonly working as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and discerning scholars, all in one, fountain designers were multi-talented individuals from the 16th to the later part of the 18th century. Exemplifying the Renaissance artist as a creative master, Leonardo da Vinci toiled as an innovator and scientific expert. He systematically recorded his ideas in his now renowned notebooks, following his immense interest in the forces of nature led him to investigate the properties and mobility of water. twf028-ld__25647.jpg Ingenious water displays full of symbolic meaning and natural wonder transformed private villa settings when early Italian water fountain designers paired imagination with hydraulic and landscaping expertise. The humanist Pirro Ligorio offered the vision behind the splendors in Tivoli and was celebrated for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design. Other water fountain developers, masterminding the incredible water marbles, water features and water jokes for the countless properties in the vicinity of Florence, were tried and tested in humanistic themes and time-honored scientific readings.

The Story of the Splendid Cascade Water Fountain at Chatsworth Garden

At the rear of Chatsworth House, the Cascade garden water fountain forms a dazzling centerpiece to the gardens. Twenty-four irregularly spaced stone steps in a series extend 200 yards towards the residence and all the way down the hillside. The Cascade is founded on a 17th century French design and is completely gravity fed as well. Remaining unchanged since its inception, this water fountain was originally created for the first Duke of Devonshire in 1696. The Cascade House stands at the peak of the fountain where water flows downward. The dwelling, embellished on the exterior with marine creatures in bas-relief, is a small construction. Leading to the Cascade House to become part of the Cascade spectacle, on special occasions water pressure to the Cascade can be increased, as water runs through conduits on its roof and from the mouths of its carved marine creatures, before continuing down the Cascade. Providing a great and comforting accompaniment to a walk through the landscape, the minor contrast in size of every single step indicates that the sound of the water cascading down varies as it falls along the Cascades. Back in 2004, Chatsworth's Cascade was chosen by historians at Country Life as the best water fountain in England.

A Personal Pond Water Element for Your Yard

Most people think of the impressive masterpieces that decorate the front of public buildings when they think of fountains. But they actually come in a wide array of styles and dimensions that are suitable for smaller spaces. Your very own flower garden or yard can be a ideal spot for a pond fountain.

Two major benefits can result from installing one of your own. First are the lovely aesthetics and peaceful nature of fountains. What better way to wind down than to listen to the trickle of water and enjoy its tranquility. Your site will be even more elegant as well.

What’s more, your lovely fountain will interest your guests and you will find your parties more engaging.

Secondly, the fish in your pond will get healthier water if you put in this kind of water feature. Since it keeps the water circulating constantly, it helps to increase the oxygen level in the pond to the advantage of your fish. The constant motion of the water and the enhanced oxygen levels will make sure your fish stay healthy. You should see happier plant life too.

The Early, Largely Ignored, Water-Moving Alternative

In 1588, Agrippa’s water-lifting innovation attracted the interest and praise of Andrea Bacci but that turned out to be one of the final references of the gadget. Just years later, in 1592, the early contemporary Roman conduit, the Acqua Felice, was connected to the Medici’s villa, probably making the product obsolete. The simpler explanation is that it was disregarded about when Ferdinando left for Florence in 1588, after the death of his brother Francesco di Medici, to change his place as cardinal for one as the Grand Duke of Tuscany. #P# Renaissance landscapes of the later part of the 16th century were home to works like musical fountains, scenographic water exhibits and water caprices (giochi d’acqua), but these were not filled with water in ways that went against gravitation itself.

A Genuine Roman Wonder: The Santa Maria Water Fountain in Cosmedin

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian artifacts in Rome have stumbled upon a wealth of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The nearby basilica is largely for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was not well known and located far from sight making it hard to visit. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a bleak and deserted part of the city. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to build a water fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an attempt to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the job to lay down the foundation of the church. The blessing of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being thrown in showing 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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