Contemporary Garden Decoration: Fountains and their Beginnings

6821-6602__49052.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 drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

Pure practicality was the original purpose of fountains. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to supply potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains functioned using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the designer who created it. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. To show his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. To mark the entrance of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the building of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

Urban fountains created at the end of the nineteenth functioned only as decorative and celebratory adornments since indoor plumbing provided the essential drinking water. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

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

Chatsworth Gardens and the Revelation Fountain

Angela Conner, the widely known British sculptor, crafted “Revelation,” the most recent addition to the appealing exterior fountains of Chatsworth. In 2004/2005 she was commissioned by the now deceased 11th Duke of Devonshire to design a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth, in brass and steel, for the Queen’s 80th birthday bash. One of Chatsworth’s most well-known ponds, Jack Pond, had “Revelation” mounted in it in 1999. Alternatively hiding and displaying a gold colored globe at the sculpture’s center, the steel fountain takes the shape of four large flower petals that open and close with the movement of water. A gold dust painted metal globe was made and included to the big sculpture standing five meters in height and five meters wide. This newest water feature is an interesting and interesting improvement to the Gardens of Chatsworth, because the motion of petals is entirely operated by water.

Tips for the Most Appealing Inside or Exterior Space

To attain the optimum sense of serenity and harmony, be sure to include a feng shui fountain. Putting in a garden or home waterfall is a simple way to make this happen. It is a beautiful addition to the decoration of any house. The perfect location for your outdoor fountain is a spot where you can see it from indoors too.

Be sure to add plants, as they have an important effect on the charm of a water fountain.

The best idea is to add some plants which look pretty no matter what the season. The area will be further improved with small touches like art, a fire pit, or interesting stones.

The Tallest Fountains Around the World

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. It propels water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water jetting up 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water shoots 190 meters (620 feet) high.

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

The Dubai Fountain was opened in 2009 next to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and rockets 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.

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

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

The Many Material Options for your Wall Water Fountain

Choose the best wall fountain for you from the number of materials available on the market. Given that fiberglass is a sturdy, lightweight, weather proof material, it is an ideal option. Transportation and delivery of these kinds of fountains are easy because they do not take up a great deal of space on the delivery truck.

Although a large part of them are made of metal, including copper, other excellent materials include stone, clay, and wood. Copper remains the best choice for your fountain, regardless of the fact that it has become an increasingly expensive raw material. Use cast stone to create a gorgeous fountain resembling the traditional Mediterranean wall fountains usually found in Italy, Spain, and France. You can place these durable cast stone concrete features on the ground against a wall as they are suitable for this purpose. Made in the USA due to high shipping costs, they are generally available in a variety of hues.

The Impact of the Norman Conquest on Anglo Saxon Garden Design

Anglo-Saxons encountered extraordinary adjustments to their daily lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. The expertise of the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons' in architecture and farming at the time of the conquest. However the Normans had to pacify the overall territory before they could concentrate on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Most often constructed upon windy summits, castles were basic structures that allowed their occupants to spend time and space to offensive and defensive programs, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings frequently placed in only the most fecund, extensive valleys. The serene method of gardening was not viable in these bleak bastions. Berkeley Castle, potentially the most pristine model of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists in the present day. It is said that the keep was created during William the Conqueror's time. A big terrace intended for strolling and as a way to stop enemies from mining under the walls runs around the building. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an aged yew hedge cut into the figure of crude battlements.

Find Tranquility with Garden Water Features

You can find peace and tranquility by simply having water in your garden. The noise in your community can be masked by the soft sounds of a fountain. Nature and recreation are two of the things you will find in your garden. Water treatments are common right now and often take place in the mountains or near beaches and rivers. If what you seek out is a calming place where you can take your body and your mind to a faraway place, install a pond or fountain in your garden.


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