Water Elements in Japanese Gardens

8340-4501__43723.jpg A water feature is an absolutely vital part of any Japanese garden. You will often find Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual purification. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

You will also see many fountains that have spouts made of bamboo. The water flows through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin below. In addition, it is essential to the overall look that it appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. It is important that the overall look of the fountain goes with the natural setting, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. Clearly this fountain is much more than merely a beautiful add-on.

If you are hoping for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain crafted of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. The idea is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Wherever there is enough open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Lots of people put in a koi pond or a small stream as a final touch.

However, water does not have to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. Potential options include stones, gravel, or sand to symbolize water. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to produce the illusion of flowing water.

Musical Fountains: Rhythms and Sounds

A musical or dancing fountain, provides an aesthetic design with three-dimensional images, and is a kind of animated water feature used to entertain audiences. The resulting effect of timed sound waves and timed light - including lasers- hitting against water molecules creates amazing images. When the water refracts and reflects the light, it produces stunning three-dimensional images.

Running into the millions of dollars, such large installations call for hundreds of water jets and lights. Constructing a musical feature, which is made up of mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical components, which are not visible, can be so elaborate that it just might be as breathtaking as the show itself.

The fountain in Dubai is the biggest musical undertaking worldwide.

Designed by California based WET Design, which also fashioned the celebrated Las Vegas fountain at the Bellagio Hotel, it spans the 30-acre man-made Burj Khalifa Lake. This fountain makes use of an incredible 6,600 lights, 25 colored projectors, fog and fire. Sending water 150 meters (490 feet, comparable to a 50-story building) into the air, it measures 207-meters (902 feet) and includes music such as classical pieces, contemporary Arabic music as well as world music. The final price here was approximately 218 million dollars. The fountain along with the Dubai Mall were both formally opened on May 8, 2009 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Set in front of the Burj Khalifa, this fountain is best seen from the Souk Al Bahar or the Dubai Mall.

The Magificent Early Wonders by Bernini

The Barcaccia, a stunning fountain built at the base of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna, was Bernini's earliest water fountain. This spot is still filled with Roman locals and tourists who enjoy exchanging gossip or going over the day's news.

Bernini would without a doubt have been happy to know that people still flock to what has become one the city's trendiest areas, that surrounding his amazing fountain. Dating back to around 1630, Pope Urbano VIII commissioned what was to be the very first water fountain of the artist's career. People can now see the fountain as a depiction of a commanding ship slowly sinking into the Mediterranean Sea. The great 16th century flood of the Tevere, which left the entire region inundated with water, was memorialized by the water fountain according to documents from the time. Absenting himself from Italy only once in his life for a prolonged period of time, in 1665 Bernini voyaged to France.

Garden Fountains for Compact Spots

Since water makes a reflection, small spaces will appear bigger. Water features such as fountains benefit from the reflective attributes coming from dark materials. Night time is a great time to draw attention to the illuminated, colored underwater lights in your new water feature. The sun is required to power eco-lights during the day time while underwater lights are great for night use. Natural treatments use them because they release a calming effect which helps to relieve stress as well as anxiety.

Your outdoor vegetation is a fantastic place to incorporate in your water feature. Turn your water feature such as a pond, artificial river, or fountain to become the central component of your backyard. Small verandas or major gardens is the perfect place to put in a water element. The ambience can be significantly changed by placing it in the best place and using the proper accessories.

Garden Fountains: Installment Tips

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a suitable water source and an electrical outlet close by. Occasionally new owners get so caught up in the romanticism of their new purchase that they forget vital details. Do not forget that an extension cord can be useful if your 120v power source is more than 12 feet away, as that is the standard length of power cords. You will also require a water source close by so that you can effortlessly fill your water fountain. Carrying large amounts of water is difficult so you do not want to have to haul it a long way. If you have thought about it before installation, having a hose nearby will make the task of filling the fountain much easier. The ideal setup is with a water fountain autofill, but this has to be connected to an external water line and requires a skilled person to install it.

The Tallest Fountains Across the World

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously functioning fountain in the world. Reaching incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

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).

Located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is third placed Gateway Geyser (1995). Considered the tallest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

With water jetting 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes the list.

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 propelling water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain opened in 2009 near to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded songs and shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) in height -it also has built in extreme shooters, though only used during special events, which reach 150 meters (490 feet) in height.

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

And finally we have the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.

Fountains Featuring Multiple Levels

Fountains with more than one level are very easy to find, and common above all in gardens. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain traditionally have lots of multi-level fountains. Piazzas and building courtyards are very popular places where you will find tiered fountains. Impressive carvings can be found on some of the most elaborate tiered fountains, while others have less complex designs.

Although they can be seen just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic surroundings. It should appear as if the fountain has been part of the decor since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.


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