Modern Garden Decor: Fountains and their Roots

6042-3103__81410.jpg A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to supply drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

The central purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the area. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move down or jet high into the air. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and celebrate the artist. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. Fountains played a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains constructed to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

The end of the nineteenth century saw the rise in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Modern-day fountains serve mostly as decoration for community spaces, to honor individuals or events, and enhance entertainment and recreational events.

Admire the Beauty of the Cascade Fountain at Chatsworth

The Cascade garden fountain creates a dazzling centerpiece to the gardens and sits at the rear of Chatsworth House. Twenty-four irregularly spaced stone steps reach down the hillside for 200 yards in the direction of the residence. Completely gravity fed, the Cascade too is modeled on a 17th century French layout. This water fountain has been kept unchanged after being designed for the first Duke of Devonshire in 1696. The Cascade House overlooks the fountain, where water gently moves downward. Ornamented on the outside with sea creatures in bas-relief, the residence is a small construction.

Leading to the Cascade House to become part of the Cascade pageant, on important occasions water pressure to the Cascade can easily be enhanced, as water passes through ducts on its roof and from the mouths of its carved sea creatures, before carrying on down the Cascade. Providing a fantastic and soothing complement to a walk through the landscape, the slight difference in measurement of every step signifies that the sound of the water plummeting down varies as it falls along the Cascades. In 2004, Chatsworth's Cascade, was named England's best water feature.

Reasons to Think About Installing a Disappearing Fountain in your Backyard

Disappearing fountains occasionally go by the term “pondless” fountains. The source of the water is not visible because it is underneath the surface of the ground. An appropriate place for a disappearing fountain is anywhere that gets regular foot traffic, as it adds lovely visual and sound effects to the environment. There are numerous types of them including millstones, ceramic urns, granite columns, and natural-looking waterfalls.

There are many reasons to think about getting a disappearing fountain. There is no large pool of water that could pose a threat to anyone since the water comes from below the ground.

As such, it is safe for children to be near it. Additionally, since the water is stored below ground level, none of it is lost to evaporation. This means you will lose less water than if you had another type of fountain. It is very low-maintenance since it is underground and not exposed to dirt or algae. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit nearly anywhere you want.

Bernini's Water Fountains

There are countless renowned water fountains in the city center of Rome. One of the finest sculptors and artists of the 17th century, nearly all of them were planned, conceived and constructed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. He was furthermore a city architect, in addition to his expertise as a water feature engineer, and traces of his life's work are apparent all through the streets of Rome. Eventually transferring to Rome to totally show their art, primarily in the form of community water fountains, Bernini’s father, a famed Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son. The young Bernini earned praise from Popes and relevant artists alike, and was an diligent worker. He was originally celebrated for his sculpture. Working faultlessly with Roman marble, he used a base of experience in the ancient Greek architecture, most famously in the Vatican. Though many artists impacted his artistic endeavors, Michelangelo inspired him the most.

A Few Simple Ways to Put up a Wall Water Fountain

Any space will benefit from the inclusion of a wall fountain.

The relaxing sound of the waterfall will de-stress and comfort. People tend to hang their wall fountains in foyers, but, in fact, they can be a wonderful addition to any room where everyone congregates. The best way to mount one depends on the model, but the standard process is the same. There are usually several parts that need to be put together. The bottom and the upper portion will need to be put together as well as the pump and the tubing. The directions should be read first to make sure it is put together correctly. The set-up technique is quite easy to understand. Keep in mind, though, that each style might require a slight modification. The easiest way to ensure it is positioned correctly is to recruit somebody to hold it where you want it while you mark the wall. To facilitate a straight line, use a level. Draw your marks at both the top and the bottom. Wall fountains can be installed in a couple of ways.

You will see holes on the back side of the wall fountain which can be hung directly onto the screws. Alternatively, brackets can be attached to the wall. This last one is the more advisable method, particularly if your fountain is large. Put a mark on the wall where the brackets will best go on your wall fountain. Bore pilot holes in the wall wherever you need to set the drywall anchors. Insert the anchors by attentively hammering them into the wall. The brackets can then be mounted on the wall utilizing a screwdriver or rechargeable drill. The wall fountain is all set to be placed onto the brackets. Check to see that it is in the ideal position and safely on the brackets. If the position is acceptable, it’s time to add some water. There must be sufficient water to cover the water pump. Now plug it in and the water will start to circulate. The water basin should be filled to approximately an inch below the top edge. Be mindful not to fill it completely to the top or it will overflow when you switch off the pump. When the water is not being pumped, it all settles at the bottom part which causes the water level to rise. Whenever there is too much water, it will spill out and can damage your floor and furnishings.


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