Architectural Statues in Early Greece

A good number of sculptors were paid by the temples to accentuate the elaborate columns and archways with renderings of the gods up until the time period came to a close and countless Greeks began to think of their religion as superstitious rather than sacred, when it became more typical for sculptors to represent everyday men and women as well. Portraiture, which would be acknowledged by the Romans upon their annexation of Greek society became conventional as well, and thriving family members would often commission a rendering of their forebears to be situated in immense familial tombs. It is wrong to think that the arts had one aim during the course of The Classical Greek period, a time period of creative advancement during which the usage of sculpture and other art forms evolved. brk-303-2__92712.jpg Greek sculpture was actually a modern part of antiquity, whether the cause was religious fervor or visual satisfaction, and its modern excellence may be what endears it to us now.

Where are the Planet's Tallest Water Features?

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. Reaching incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the sky.

Reaching water heights of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the 2nd highest worldwide.

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this fountain is the tallest in the United States.

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

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can reach up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are running, even though it normally only hits up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located next to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest 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).

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, completed in 1970, launching water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

And at #8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Enrich 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 incorporating feng shui design to your yard. If you have a lavish, charming one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your home can be used in the garden. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your home's bagua, you will need to start off by understanding the bagua of the house.

It is also crucial to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to make the most of its energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be integrated 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 give some thought to putting some into a tranquil Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

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

Agrippa’s Marvelous Water-lifting Appliance

Though the mechanism designed by Agrippa for carrying water earned the esteem of Andrea Bacci in 1588, it appeared to vanish not very long thereafter. Merely years afterward, in 1592, the earliest modern Roman aqueduct, the Acqua Felice, was connected to the Medici’s villa, possibly making the technology obsolete. Its application might have been limited but Camillo Agrippa’s invention maintained a significant place in history as the most amazing water-lifting system of its type in Italy prior to the modern era. It might violate gravitation to raise water to Renaissance gardens, supplying them in a way other late sixteenth century models such as scenographic water presentations, music fountains and giochi d’acqua or water caprices, were not.

The Extraordinary Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have come upon a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The well-known marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby.

Since the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was situated off the beaten track, it remained relatively obscure. The part of town where it was situated was forlorn and uninviting which generally kept people 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 attempt to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the task to lay down the foundation of the church. 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 in the foundation following the blessing of the first stone.


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