Explore the World’s Most Incredible Water Fountains

as24919_2__78133.jpg The King Fahd Fountain ( crafted in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. The water here jets 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) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this fountain is the tallest in the United States.

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

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and propels water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

Jetting water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in 7th.

Last of all is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

Consider Buying a Contained Water Element for Your Garden

Stand-alone fountains are great for anyone looking for affordability and convenience. All of the pieces are provided with the fountain including the plumbing and pump. Fountains that feature their own water supply are also known as “self-contained”.

Self-contained fountains are simple to install making them perfect for anyone looking for a patio fountain. They are easily transportable too in case you later want to move it somewhere else.

The landscaper will first inspect that the place where you want your fountain to go is flat. Lawns and gardens tend to be uneven so your landscaper will have to level the area where you want to install it. You are now prepared to set up your water feature and fill it with water. It is at long last time to plug it in using either an electrical outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

Anyone who does not have direct access to a water source or external plumbing should think about a self-contained fountain. Many fountain owners want them to be the focal point of their yards and place them right in the middle, although they can actually go anywhere in the garden. You will find them in many different materials such as cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

The Origins Of Garden Fountains

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

The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs in the vicinity. Up until the 19th century, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water supply, including aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and memorialize the designer. Roman fountains often depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create smaller variations of the gardens of paradise.

Fountains enjoyed a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries manufactured baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to enable fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

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

Suggestions for Your Perfect Spot Indoors or Outdoors

The right feng shui fountain will go a long way towards helping you create a perfect peaceful spot. The best idea is to install a garden or home waterfall. The best addition to your decor is this type of feature. So that you can enjoy your outdoor fountain from inside the house as well, pick a good spot for it.

The most attractive water fountains include flowers and plants. Select plants that keep their beauty year-round. Your fountain can be made even more personal by including things like statues or other artwork, picturesque shells, etc.

Delight in the Beauty of the Cascade Fountain at Chatsworth Garden

Providing a fabulous focal point to the gardens at the rear of Chatsworth House is the Cascade garden fountain. Stretching down the hillside for 200 yards in the direction of the home is a series of 24 irregularly spaced stone steps.

Entirely gravity fed, the Cascade too is based on a 17th century French design. Remaining unchanged since its inception, this water fountain was originally created for the first Duke of Devonshire in 1696. The Cascade House overlooks the fountain, where water slowly flows downward. Decorated on the exterior with underwater creatures in bas-relief, the home is a small construction. Water pressure to the Cascade can be boosted on special occasions, meaning the Cascade House becomes part of the Cascade display, as water flows through conduits on its roof and from the mouths of its carved marine creatures, prior to continuing straight down the Cascade. The music of the water falling may vary as it goes down the Cascades, offering a fantastic and soothing complement to a walk through the gardens and created by the slight difference of every step. Back in 2004, Chatsworth's Cascade was chosen by historians at Country Life as the best water fountain in England.


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