A Genuine Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Amazing finds of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The celebrated marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was built in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. It was said that there was very little to see in this area because it was bleak and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. brk-303-3__34127.jpg In order to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain for the area. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the task to put down the foundation of the church. The blessing of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Easy-to-Fallow Tips to Put in a Wall Water Fountain

Wall elements can complement any space. The relaxing sound of the waterfall will relax and sooth. Foyers are common places for wall fountains, but they can also be installed in any common area. How to mount one varies somewhat depending on the model, but there are some general guidelines that apply to all of them. Assembly will include putting together a number of parts.

You should first attach the foundation to the upper part, then connect the pump and the tubing. It is advisable to carefully check out the instructions before you start the assembly process. You will find the steps relatively simple. That said, there can be slight differences depending on which style you have. Another person can be helpful to hold the wall fountain in the appropriate spot so that you can mark the wall. To facilitate a proper line, use a level. Mark the spot where you want the very top of the wall fountain as well as the bottom. Wall fountains can be installed in more than just one way. The first is to utilize screws which you glide into the slots on the back. On the other hand, brackets can be attached to the wall. This option tends to be suggested for heavy wall fountains. Decide where the brackets will go and then mark the precise location on the wall. Make pilot holes in the wall for your drywall anchors. Put the anchors in the wall using a hammer.

Use a cordless drill or a screwdriver to mount the brackets, making certain they are straight. It is then time to put your wall fountain onto the mounting brackets. Be certain that it is properly aligned and not loose. When you are confident the unit is secure, fill with water. Use sufficient water so that the pump is completely submerged. It is now time to plug it in and observe the water flow. Slowly put in just enough water to reach one inch below the top edge of the basin. Note that it will overflow when not pumping if you fill it to the top. Whenever the water is not being pumped, it all settles at the bottom causing the water level to rise. Harm can be caused if the water is overly full and spills down your wall.

Chatsworth Gardens and its "Revelation" Water Fountain

Designed by popular English sculptor Angela Conner, "Revelation" is the most recent addition to the Chatsworth decorative outdoor water features. In celebration of the Queen’s 80th birthday, she was commissioned by the deceased 11th Duke of Devonshire to make a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth made of brass and steel in 2004.

One of Chatsworth’s oldest ponds, Jack Pond, had “Revelation” installed in it in 1999. Taking on the form of four large flower petals which open and close with the circulation of water, the steel fountain alternately hides and displays a gold colored globe at the center of the sculpture. Standing five meters high and five meters wide, the globe was built from metal and then coated with gold dust. This most recent fountain is an intriguing and innovative addition to the Chatsworth Gardens, unique in that the movement of the petals is entirely driven by water.

How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Fountain

When you are deciding on a water fountain, be sure to give some thought to where you will put it. Any high-traffic locations such as driveways, entryways, or roundabouts are ideal spots to install one.

There are models such as wall fountains created specifically to be positioned against a flat surface. If you check the back, you will see a bar or some other piece to affix it against a wall, grate or fence. There are many natural hazards such as wind or animals which can knock over your fountain if you do not securely affix it to the wall, so do not forget to do this immediately.

Anywhere people come together to sit and enjoy the fresh air is great for another option, a garden sculpture style.

Reasons to Think About Putting in a Disappearing Water Fountain in your Backyard

Another name for a disappearing fountain is a “pondless” fountain. The source of the water is not visible since it is below the surface of the ground. An appropriate place for a disappearing fountain is anywhere that gets frequent foot traffic, as it adds lovely visual and sound effects to the surroundings. There are numerous types of them including millstones, ceramic urns, granite columns, and natural-looking waterfalls.

Disappearing fountains also come with many added merits. There is no large pool of water that could pose a danger to anyone since the water comes from below the ground. Therefore, it is okay for children to be near it. Moreover, you will not need to stress about losing water to evaporation since it is kept underground. As a result, your fountain will not waste as much water as other styles of fountains. This type of fountain is recommended if you do not have a lot of time to clean it often since neither debris nor algae can contaminate it underground. Lastly, it is simpler to find a place for it due to its small size.


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