From Where Did Water Features Emerge?

94-152-3401__00521.jpg Hundreds of classic Greek records were translated into Latin under the authority of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. It was imperative for him to beautify the city of Rome to make it worthy of being known as the capital of the Christian world. At the bidding of the Pope, the Aqua Vergine, a ruined aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into Rome from eight miles away, was restored starting in 1453. The ancient Roman custom of building an imposing commemorative fountain at the location where an aqueduct arrived, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the space formerly filled with a wall fountain crafted by Leon Battista Albert, an architect commissioned by the Pope. Changes and extensions, included in the repaired aqueduct, eventually supplied the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.

A Pond Fountain for Your Yard or Garden

When someone mentions fountains, you generally think of the great sculptured ones found in parks, in front of hotels, etc. But they actually come in a range of styles and sizes that are appropriate for smaller spaces. A pond fountain can be a fantastic accessory to your own yard.

Owning one can benefit your home in two principal ways. To begin, everyone knows that fountains add charm and contribute to a calming ambiance. The sound of the water cascading combined with the pleasant appearance is perfect to finish off a tough day. You will notice your surroundings benefitting from its elegance, too. Additionally, when you have visitors over, they will want to hang out around your gorgeous fountain, making your get-togethers even more interesting.

Secondly, the fish in your pond will get healthier water if you put in this kind of water feature. Fish are much better off if their water is flowing around and getting oxygen, and a pond fountain will do both of those things. Your fish will enjoy longer, healthier lives because of the flow of the water and the higher oxygen level.

Your flowers will also flourish.

Pets and Wildlife Love Water Features

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water features bring in wildlife. The truth is that birds require water to: drink, bathe and preen. Birds including robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers prefer the motion of water from a fountain and are not necessarily drawn to bird feeders. Many birds prefer moving water versus standing water, making an outdoor fountain even more enticing than a bowl-shaped bird bath. Trickling fountains that splash around are audible from far away, attracting even more birds.

As dog owners will concur these outdoor fountains are a great water resource for the four-legged creatures. During hot months of summer, cats and dogs will be outside searching for the absolute freshest water around. Because water in fountains is always moving, they do not need much maintenance, whereas the still water of birdbaths collect debris and require more attention.

Cat Water Fountains

Does hearing water flow from the faucet make your cat come running? Do you find him gulping toilet water or waiting before drinking water from his own bowl? Odd as these behaviors sound, they actually show a cat’s natural instinct to avoid still standing water. In most instances, they will not seek out much water to drink.

Felines in the wild typically get the water they need from meats containing water.

Therefore, felines never developed the instinct to drink water. Nevertheless, cats which do not hunt in the wild need adequate hydration, so you need to ensure they have an adequate supply. To keep a good water supply for your pet, get it a cat fountain.

It will have plenty of clean water if you install one in your yard. The range of different models will allow you to pick a fountain best suited to your cat. One kind of fountain has continually moving water for maximum freshness whereas others have water which is repeatedly refilled when the bowl is empty.

The World’s Tallest Fountains

The King Fahd Fountain ( crafted in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. The water reaches the astonishing 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 number three on the list. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this water fountain is the tallest in the United States.

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

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps function at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located near 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, finished in 1970, propelling water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

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

A Wall Water Feature to Fit Your Decor

Putting a wall fountain in your backyard or patio is ideal when you want to relax. You can also make use of a small area by having one custom-built. Both the stand alone and mounted models must have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. Traditional, modern, classic, and Asian are just a few of the styles from which you can choose.

Also knownas a floor fountain, a stand-alone wall fountain is normally rather big, and its basin is located on the ground.

It is possible to integrate a wall-mounted fountain onto an already existent wall or built into a new wall. Integrating this type of water feature into your landscape brings a cohesiveness to the look you want to achieve rather than making it seem as if the fountain was merely added later.

Agrippa’s Splendid Water-lifting Gadget

The admiration Agrippa’s water-lifting invention earned from Andrea Bacci in 1588 was short-lived. It may be that in 1592 when Rome’s latest aqueduct, the Acqua Felice, started supplying the Villa Medici, there was simply no longer very much need for the unit. Even though it’s more very likely that it was simply disposed of when Ferdinando renounced his cardinalship and went back to Florence, ensuring his position as the Grand Duke of Tuscany, following the demise of his sibling, Francesco di Medici, in 1588. Although there were other relevant water-driven creations either planned or built during the later part of the sixteenth century, like scenographic water presentations, giochi d’acqua or water caprices, and melodious water features, not one were fed by water like Agrippa’s system.


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