Where did Large Outdoor Fountains Begin?

The incredible architecture of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complete your home. s-440__26579.jpg

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to provide potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their source of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from the power of gravity. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the artist who created it. The main materials used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create mini depictions of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his dominion over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. To mark the entrance of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for fresh, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental. The introduction of unique water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

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

Your Patio: A Great Place for a Fountain

A great way to enhance the appearance of your outdoor living area is to add a wall fountain or an exterior garden fountain to your landscaping or garden layout. Contemporary artists and fountain builders alike use historic fountains and water features to shape their creations. As such, the impact of adding one of these to your home decor connects it to past times. The advantage of having a garden fountain goes beyond its beauty as it also attracts birds and other wildlife, in addition to harmonizing the ecosystem with the water and moisture it releases into the atmosphere. Flying, bothersome insects, for instance, are frightened off by the birds congregating near the fountain or birdbath.

Wall fountains are a good alternative if your yard is small because they do not need much space in comparison to a spouting or cascading fountain. Either a freestanding fountain with an even back and an attached basin set against a fence or a wall, or a wall-mounted kind which is self-contained and hangs on a wall, are some of the possibilities from which you can choose. Make certain to include a fountain mask to an existing wall and a basin to collect the water at the bottom if you want to add a fountain to your living area. The plumbing and masonry work necessary for this type of work requires expertise, so it is best to hire a skilled person rather than do it yourself.

What Makes Interior Wall Water Fountains Perfect for You

Indoor fountains have been utilized for many years as useful elements to create calming, stress free environments for patients in clinics and wellness programs. The calming effect of flowing water can lead people into a meditative state.

Faster recovery is thought to be induced by indoor water features as well.

Many physicians and mental health therapists think these are a helpful addition in healing many ailments. PTSD patients as well as those struggling with severe sleeping disorders are thought to feel better after listening to the soothing, gentle trickle of water.

An indoor wall water element is thought to produce an overall feeling of well-being and security according to countless studies. The sight and sound of water are crucial to the existence of the human species and our planet.

Feng-shui is an ancient school of thought which asserts that water is one of two essential components in our lives which has the capacity to transform us. The key principle of feng-shui is that by harmonizing our interior environment we can attain peace and balance. We should have the element of water somewhere in our living area. A fountain should be situated near your front door or entrance to be most effective.

You and your family will undoubtedly benefit from the addition of a water wall in your home, whether it be a wall mounted waterfall, a freestanding water feature or a custom-built one. Having a fountain in a main room seems to impact people’s state of mind, their happiness as well as their level of satisfaction according to some research.

The Wide Array of Wall Water Fountains

Putting a wall fountain in your backyard or patio is ideal when you want to unwind. Even a small space can contain a customized one. Both the stand alone and fitted types must have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. Traditional, contemporary, antique, and Asian are just a few of the styles from which you can consider.

Stand-alone wall fountains, otherwise known as floor fountains, are relatively big and feature a basin on the ground.

A wall-mounted fountain can either be incorporated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. This style of fountain adds to a cohesive look making it seem as if it was part of the landscape instead of an added feature.

Bernini’s First Italian Fountains

The Barcaccia, Bernini's first fountain, is a striking chef d'oeuvre built at the base of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna. This spot continues to be filled with Roman locals and tourists who enjoy exchanging gossip or going over the day's news. The streets surrounding his water fountain have come to be one of the city’s most stylish meeting places, something which would certainly have pleased Bernini himself. Dating back to around 1630, Pope Urbano VIII commissioned what was to be the very first water fountain of the master's career. Depicted in the fountain's design is a large vessel gradually sinking into the Mediterranean Sea. The great flooding of the Tevere that blanketed the whole region with water in the 16th was memorialized by this momentous fountain as recorded by reports dating back to this time. In what became his sole extended absence from Italy, Bernini {journeyed | traveled] to France in 1665.

When and Where Did Water Features Originate?

Hundreds of ancient Greek documents were translated into Latin under the auspices of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. Beautifying Rome and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the core of his ambitions. Reconstruction of the Acqua Vergine, a ruined Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the bidding of the Pope. The historical Roman tradition of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an imposing celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was directed by the Pope to put up a wall fountain where we now see the Trevi Fountain. Modifications and extensions, included in the repaired aqueduct, eventually provided the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.

The Results of the Norman Invasion on Anglo-Saxon Landscaping

Anglo-Saxons encountered great changes to their day-to-day lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. The Normans were much better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But before concentrating on home-life or having the occasion to think about domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire society. Because of this, castles were cruder buildings than monasteries: Monasteries were often important stone buildings located in the biggest and most fertile valleys, while castles were built on windy crests where their citizens devoted time and space to tasks for offense and defense. Tranquil pursuits such as gardening were out of place in these desolate citadels. Berkeley Castle is probably the most complete model in existence today of the early Anglo-Norman form of architecture. The keep is rumored to have been conceived during the time of William the Conqueror. A large terrace meant for walking and as a means to stop enemies from mining under the walls runs around the building. On one of these terraces sits a charming bowling green: it is covered in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is formed into the shape of rough ramparts.


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