Outdoor Water Features: The Perfect Way to Celebrate Someone Special

For a loved one you have lost, a garden fountain could make a lovely memorial. Age-old practices are commonly met with defiance nowadays. Memorializing loved ones who have passed is still the standard, however. Memorials often include personal artifacts and are often used to pay homage to the deceased. There are countless ways to remember someone lost and many people choose a backyard garden fountain to this end. b-047__15614.jpg There are lots of ways to personalize your garden fountain in your loved one’s memory such as putting in flowers including, attaching a plaque, or gathering for memorial services around the fountain.

You can pay homage to the deceased in unique and individual ways with garden fountains. Give thanks for the success, abundance, and good fortune of the defunct with the symbolic flowing water of a fountain. It is highly worthwhile to buy a high quality, sturdy garden fountain that is resistant to bad weather so that it will last a very long time. When you get your garden fountain up and working, you will want to make sure it is going to last for many years.

Admire the Beauty of the Cascade Water Fountain at the Garden of Chatsworth

Forming a spectacular main feature to the gardens at the back of Chatsworth House is the Cascade garden fountain. Twenty-four irregularly spaced stone steps reach down the hillside for 200 yards in the direction of the house. The Cascade is founded on a 17th century French concept and is completely gravity fed as well. In 1696, this water fountain was built for the first Duke of Devonshire and has been kept unchanged ever since that time. Standing at the top of the fountain is the Cascade House, from which water streams downward. A small building, the home is decorated on the exterior with ocean creatures in bas-relief. Leading to the Cascade House to become part of the Cascade pageant, on special occasions water pressure to the Cascade can easily be enhanced, as liquid flows through conduits on its roof and from the mouths of its carved sea creatures, before proceeding down the Cascade. Offering a fantastic and comforting complement to a walk through the gardens, the minor difference in measurement of every step indicates that the sound of the water falling down fluctuates as it falls along the Cascades. Back in 2004, Chatsworth's Cascade was chosen by historians at Country Life as the best water feature in England.

The Globe's Tallest Water Features

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the tallest continually-functioning fountain worldwide. The water here shoots up to a height 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).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) found next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. Regarded as the tallest fountain in the United States, it propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which shoots water 190 meters (620 feet) into the heavens.

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, opened to the public in 2009, is located near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded songs and shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) in height -it also has built in extreme shooters, though only used during special events, which reach 150 meters (490 feet) in height.

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

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Where did Landscape Fountains Begin?

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

Pure functionality was the original role of fountains. Residents of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains needed to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow downwards or jet high into the air. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and memorialize the designer. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often used by Romans to decorate their fountains. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. Fountains enjoyed a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature.

Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to extol their positions by adding decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

The end of the 19th century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. Impressive water effects and recycled water were made possible by replacing the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to adorn public spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

Agrippa’s Marvelous Water-lifting Appliance

Unfortuitously, Agrippa’s great plan for raising water was not discussed much following 1588, when Andrea Bacci praised it in public. Only years later, in 1592, the early contemporary Roman conduit, the Acqua Felice, was connected to the Medici’s villa, perhaps making the technology outmoded. The more probable reason is that the device was abandoned once Franceso di Medici, Ferdinando’s brotherdied in 1588, leading him to give up his role as cardinal and go back to Florence where he received the throne as the Grand Duke of Tuscany. It might defy the law of gravity to raise water to Renaissance landscapes, nourishing them in a way other late sixteenth century concepts which include scenographic water exhibits, musical water fountains and giochi d’acqua or water caprices, were not.


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