The Globe's Most Impressive Water Features

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. The water here jets up to a elevation of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Coming in second is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. Regarded as the tallest fountain in the United States, it propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky. 2204-9904__62119.jpg

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

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are in use, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain was opened in 2009 near to Burj Khalifa - the world's highest building. The fountain shoots 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).

Jetting water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in 7th.

And finally we have the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.

The Original Fountain Manufacturers

Multi-talented individuals, fountain artists from the 16th to the late 18th century frequently worked as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and cultivated scholars all in one person. Leonardo da Vinci, a Renaissance artist, was renowned as a creative master, inventor and scientific expert. The forces of nature inspired him to examine the properties and motion of water, and due to his curiosity, he methodically documented his observations in his now renowned notebooks. Coupling imagination with hydraulic and landscaping abilities, early Italian water fountain creators changed private villa settings into innovative water displays complete of symbolic implications and natural wonder. The humanist Pirro Ligorio brought the vision behind the splendors in Tivoli and was renowned for his skill in archeology, architecture and garden concepts. For the many lands close to Florence, other fountain creators were well versed in humanist subject areas as well as classical scientific texts, masterminding the excellent water marbles, water features and water humor.

Spruce up Your Garden with the Use of Feng Shui

Integrating feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

Size is not the primary concern when adding feng shui design to your yard.

If you have a lush, beautiful one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

Feng shui tools are the same whether you are working in your garden or your house. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an off-shoot of your home’s bagua, so it is important to determine your home’s first.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is crucial to start by learning how to bolster each of its five elements.

The Earth element, for example, should be positioned in the northeast section of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might consider putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Consider integrating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Outdoor Water Features: The Perfect Way to Honor a Special Person

Install a garden fountain in honor of someone who is deceased. Age-old practices are commonly met with resistance nowadays. However, people still typically have some sort of memorial for loved ones who have passed. Personal things from the deceased person’s life often play a significant part in a memorial. Lots of people view backyard garden fountains as lovely commemorative pieces to their loved ones. Adding personal items such as photos or a nameplate, planting a tree, or holding yearly remembrance ceremonies at the fountain will make the garden fountain more unique to your loved one.

Memorializing those who have passed is simple with a garden fountain. Prosperity, achievement, and good fortune all are depicted by the trickling water which celebrates the memory of the deceased. Make sure to get a strong, durable, weatherproof garden fountain to create a lasting memorial. You want to ensure your garden fountain is going to hold up once you get it set up.

Keep Your Outdoor Garden Fountain Clean

Water fountains will keep working a very long time with routine cleaning and maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and insects often find their way into fountains, so it is important to keep yours free from such debris. Also, algae has a tendency to build up any place natural light meets water.

To prevent this, there are some basic ingredients that can be mixed into the water, such as vinegar, sea salt, or hydrogen peroxide. There are those who like to use bleach, but that is dangerous to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

Every three-four months, garden fountains should have a good cleaning. To start with you must drain the water. Then use mild soap and a soft sponge to clean the innner part of the reservoir. If there are any little grooves, work with a toothbrush to get each and every spot. Do not leave any soap residue inside of or on the fountain.

It is highly recommended taking the pump apart to better clean the inside and eliminate any plankton or calcium. Letting it soak in vinegar for a few hours first will make it alot easier to clean. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to avoid any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

And finally, make sure the water level is always full in order to keep your fountain running smoothly. If the water level falls below the pump’s intake level, it can hurt the pump and cause it to burn out - something you do not want to happen!


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