Public Water Fountains Lost to History

Water fountains were initially practical in purpose, used to bring water from rivers or springs to towns and villages, providing the inhabitants with fresh water to drink, bathe, and cook with. In the years before electric power, the spray of fountains was driven by gravity exclusively, commonly using an aqueduct or water resource located far away in the nearby mountains. The splendor and spectacle of fountains make them appropriate for historic memorials. cpi_88108__83975.jpg If you saw the 1st fountains, you probably would not identify them as fountains. A stone basin, crafted from rock, was the 1st fountain, utilized for holding water for drinking and religious functions. The first stone basins are suspected to be from about 2000 B.C.. The jet of water emerging from small spouts was forced by gravity, the only power source builders had in those days. Drinking water was supplied by public fountains, long before fountains became decorative public monuments, as beautiful as they are functional. The Romans began creating elaborate fountains in 6 B.C., most of which were metallic or natural stone masks of creatures and mythological representations. Water for the public fountains of Rome was delivered to the city via a complex system of water aqueducts.

The Favorable Effects of Fountains on Your Four-Legged Friends and Flying Visitors

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water fountains bring in wildlife. The truth is that birds require water to: drink, bathe and preen. There are some birds, like robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers, which are not attracted to bird feeders, but are drawn to fountains because of the moving water. Many birds prefer moving water versus standing water, making an outdoor fountain even more appealing than a bowl-shaped bird bath. Birds hear the trickling and splashing and are even more likely to come visit.

Dogs are attracted to fountains because they offer fresh water to drink. During scorching months of summer, cats and dogs will be outdoors for the absolute freshest water around. Consistently moving water is also going to require much less cleaning than a still bowl of water from a birdbath, which collects debris.

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

Unfortunately, Agrippa’s great plan for raising water wasn’t cited a lot following 1588, when Andrea Bacci praised it openly. It may be that the Acqua Felice, the second of Rome’s initial modern channels made the unit useless when it was hooked up to the Villa Medici in 1592. Although its glory was short lived, Camillo Agrippa’s concept for raising water was the wonder of its day, exceeding everything crafted in Italy since the days of early Rome. It might defy the force of gravity to lift water to Renaissance gardens, feeding them in a way other late 16th century concepts which include scenographic water exhibits, melodious fountains and giochi d’acqua or water caprices, were not.

Self-Contained Water Elements: Are They Useful?

Self-Contained fountains are inexpensive and easy to install and are therefore in demand. All of the components are included with the fountain including the plumbing and pump. Another name for a fountain having its own water source is referred to as “self-contained”.

Given that they do not involve much work to install, self-contained fountains are ideal for patios and porches. They are also convenient to move from place to place.

Once you determine where you want to put your fountain, your landscaper should ensure that it is not too bumpy or uneven. Do not worry if the land is not level, your landscaper can always even it out. Your water feature is now set for installation and the addition of water. The last step is to plug it into a socket, a solar panel, or batteries.

Anyone who does not have easy access to a water source or external plumbing should consider a self-contained fountain. While a fountain can be a focal point anywhere in a garden, many people place them in the middle. There is a variety of materials that can be used to build them including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Integrate the Energy of Feng Shui into Your Backyard

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

Do not worry if your garden is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. Of course, a huge area is great if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller areas as well.

The principal feng shui tools can be used for your home decor as well as your garden design. In order to learn the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to understand your home’s bagua.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should learn how to apply each of them to intensify the energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast section of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. A Zen garden with some pretty natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks epitomize the Earth element.

A water element is a suitable addition to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).


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