Where did Landscape Fountains Come From?

The dramatic or decorative effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as supplying drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

The central purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. 115441-5601___78830.jpg Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water source, including aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Artists thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and honor the designer responsible for building it. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times used by Romans to beautify their fountains. To replicate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. Fountains played a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to extol their positions by adding beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

The end of the nineteenth century saw the rise in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

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

At What Point Did Water Features Originate?

The translation of hundreds of classical Greek documents into Latin was commissioned by the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Church in Rome from 1397 until 1455. He undertook the embellishment of Rome to turn it into the worthy capital of the Christian world. Beginning in 1453, the ruined ancient Roman aqueduct known as the Aqua Vergine which had brought fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away, underwent reconstruction at the bidding of the Pope. Building a mostra, an imposing celebratory fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the arrival point of an aqueduct, was a tradition revived by Nicholas V. At the bidding of the Pope, architect Leon Battista Alberti began the construction of a wall fountain in the spot where we now find the Trevi Fountain. Adjustments 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.

Water Features in Japanese Gardens

A water feature is an important part of any Japanese garden. They tend to be placed right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are thought to be representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. It is uncommon to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains since the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

Many people also get a water fountain that features a bamboo spout.

The bamboo spout is positioned over the basin, typically made of natural rocks, and water trickles out. It should have a worn-down, weathered look as well. It is vital that the overall look of the fountain fits in with the natural setting, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. Clearly this fountain is much more than simply a nice add-on.

If you want to get a bit more imaginative, try a stone fountain enhanced with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. Over the years it begins to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss grows over the stone.

Wherever there is sufficient open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Consider adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

However, water does not need to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. Beautiful rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water. The impression of a creek with trickling water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.

Cool Off in a Splash Fountain

People see splash fountains, or bathing fountains, as a great way to freshen up on days when it is very hot outside. For this reason, they are also called interactive fountains. These fountains are especially designed to allow for easy access - and include nonslip surfaces, have no standing water to deter possible drowning, thus eliminating the need for lifeguards or supervision. These splash pads - known as "spraygrounds" - are many times located in public pools, public parks, or public playgrounds. Dundas Square located in Toronto, Canada, features a splash fountain warmed by solar power which is then absorbed by the unique dark-colored granite slabs. Six-hundred ground spigots, made up of 30 groups (3 rows of 10 nozzles), comprise this fountain.

Groupings of 30 nozzles are placed directly beneath a stainless-steel grille. In the main walkway through Dundas Square you will see the 20 grilles made up of 2 rows of 10.

The Attraction of Simple Garden Decor: The Garden Wall Fountain

Having a pond near your garden water fountain is no longer necessary because they can now be situated on a wall close by. Nowadays, you can eliminate digging, difficult installations and cleaning the pond. Due to the fact that this feature is self-contained, no plumbing work is required. All the same, water must be added consistently. Drain the water from the basin and add clean water whenever the surrounding area is not clean.

The most utilized materials used to construct garden wall fountains are stone and metal, despite the fact that they can be made out of any number of other materials. The most appropriate material for your water feature depends completely on the style you choose. The best styles for your outdoor wall fountain are those which are hand-crafted, simple to put up and not too heavy to hang. The fountain you choose needs to be easy to maintain as well. Even though installing certain fountains can be hard, the majority require little effort because the only parts which demand special care are the re-circulating pump and the hardware to hang them. You can rest assured your garden can be easily juiced up by installing this type of fountain.

Anglo-Saxon Gardens at the Time of the Norman Conquest

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was significantly changed by the arrival of the Normans in the later eleventh century. Architecture and gardening were abilities that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. But nevertheless home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the rest of the populace. Castles were more basic constructions and often constructed on blustery hills, where their tenants devoted both time and space to exercising offense and defense, while monasteries were large stone buildings, commonly located in the widest, most fertile hollows. The barren fortresses did not provide for the peaceful avocation of farming. Berkeley Castle is probably the most unchanged model in existence nowadays of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture. The keep is rumored to have been invented during the time of William the Conqueror. As a technique of deterring assailants from tunneling under the walls, an immense terrace encompasses the building. A scenic bowling green, covered in grass and enclosed by battlements cut out of an ancient yew hedge, makes one of the terraces.

What Are Outdoor Fountains Crafted From?

Though they come in various materials, today’s garden fountains tend to be made of metal. Those made from metals have clean lines and unique sculptural elements, and are versatile enough to fit any budget and decor. Your landscaping should complement the style of your home.

Today, many people choose copper for their sculptural garden fountains. Copper is appropriate for many fountain styles, including tabletop and cascade water fountains, and can be placed inside or outside - making it a great choice. If you decide to go with copper, your fountain can be any style from fun and whimsical to cutting-edge.

If your style is more old-fashioned, a brass water fountain might work for you. Even though they are a bit old-fashioned, brass fountains are quite widespread because they often include interesting artwork.

The most contemporary metal right now is perhaps stainless steel. Adding a modern-looking steel design will immediately add value to your garden and improve the overall atmosphere. Like all water fountains, you can get them in just about any size you prefer.

Because it is both lighter and cheaper than metal but has a nearly identical look, fiberglass is quite common for fountains. It is easy to clean and maintain a fiberglass water fountain, yet another reason they are common.


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