The Interesting Beginnings of the Wall Fountain

su310_3__09846.jpg While he was looking to make Rome the capital of the Christian community, Pope Nicholas V took advantage of the opportunity to ask for translations of Ancient Greek books, converting them to Latin. This brought Rome (and himself) prestige in the Christian world. While the translations were completed, fresh drinking water was delivered to the city from a distance of eight miles via the damaged Acqua Vergine aqueduct, after its reconstruction began in 1453. The Pope also revitalized the tradition of using spectacular and beautiful public fountains, known as "mostras", to mark the entrance point of an aqueduct. The Trevi Fountain, originally conceived as a simple wall fountain, would come about thanks to the work of celebrated architect Leon Battista Alberta's commission to construct a wall fountain. Wall fountains have their origin in Pope Nicholas V's desire to have an impact on Christianity and at the same time enhance Rome's water supply.

Short History of Fountains

You would definitely be hard pressed to come across a human settlement that didn’t feature an exterior water fountain, both sitting in the town square and placed into its local stories. Prior to the start of indoor plumbing, these water fountains were the provider of the drinking water that someone needed to survive. Townspeople are also attracted to the fountains for their intricate shapes and flowing water, gathering there to participate in prayer or even to make wishes. Water fountains have some other religious uses, including purifying worshipers during ceremonies, as well as military functions, such as helping the town to endure blockades. One of the more famous fountains is found at the Castalia temple in Delphi, which functions as a destination for citizens to gather and socialize.

Water Features and Your Pets

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water features bring in wildlife. Birds must have water to drink, bathe in, as well a place to groom, or preen. Birds such as robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers are normally attracted to the moving water of fountains. Birds are usually drawn to outdoor fountains because of their moving water rather than the standing water found in bowl-shaped bird baths. Trickling fountains that splash around are heard from far away, attracting even more birds.

Dogs are attracted to fountains because they offer fresh water to drink. During the hot summer months, dogs and cats will be outside searching for clean water.

Also, routinely coursing water fountains require less maintenance than the still water of a birdbath that tend to get dirtier.

Large Garden Fountains: An Ideal Decor Accessory to Find Peace

Simply having water in your garden can have a significant effect on your health. The noises in your neighborhood and surrounding area will be masked with the soothing sounds of a fountain. This is the perfect spot to relax and experience the natural world near you. Considered a great healing element, many water therapies use big bodies of water such as seas, oceans and rivers in their treatments. Create the ideal oasis for your body and mind and get a fountain or pond today!

The Beautiful First Masterpieces by Bernini

The Barcaccia, Bernini's first water fountain, is a magnificent chef d'oeuvre built at the bottom of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna. Roman locals and site seers who appreciate verbal exchanges as well as being the company of others still flood this spot. Bernini would undoubtedly have been happy to know that people still flock to what has become one the city's most fashionable areas, that around his amazing fountain. In about 1630, the great artist designed the first fountain of his career at the behest of Pope Ubano VIII. The fountain’s central theme is based on an a massive ship slowly sinking into the Mediterranean. Period reports dating back to the 16th century indicate that the fountain was constructed as a monument to those who lost their lives in the great flooding of the Tevere. In 1665, France was graced by Bernini's only extended voyage outside of Italy.

Musical Fountains: Rhythms and Notes

An animated musical fountain, also referred to as a dancing fountain which also creates three-dimensional imagery, is usually used for recreational purposes. Timed light, including lasers, and sound waves which strike water molecules, generates phenomenal displays. In order to generate the three-dimensional imagery, the water needs to refract and reflect the light.

Running into the millions of dollars, such giant installations require hundreds of water jets and lights. The mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical elements required to construct a complex musical feature may be just as breathtaking as the show itself.

The jaw-dropping musical fountain in Dubai is without a doubt the greatest such project in the world.

Designed by California based WET Design, which also developed the famous Las Vegas fountain at the Bellagio Hotel, it spans the 30-acre man-made Burj Khalifa Lake. This fantastic feature uses of 6,600 lights, 25 colored projectors, as well as fire an fog. With a assortment of music from classical, to contemporary Arabic and world music, it spans 207-meters and projects water up to 150 meters (490 feet) - equal to a 50-story building) - into the air. The total price tag was an estimated 218 million dollars. May 8, 2009 saw the formal introduction of the fountain and the Dubai Mall by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. One has the best glimpse of the fountain, located in front of the Burj Khalifa, from the Souk Al Bahar or the Dubai Mall.

Chatsworth Garden: The Cascade Fountain

The Cascade garden fountain creates a magnificent main feature to the gardens and is located at the back of Chatsworth House. Extending down the hillside for 200 yards towards the residence is a group of 24 irregularly spaced stone steps. The Cascade, also totally gravity fed, is modeled on a 17th century French format. This water fountain has continued unmodified after being Created for the first Duke of Devonshire in 1696. The Cascade House rests at the very top of the fountain where water flows downward. Adorned on the outside with ocean creatures in bas-relief, the home is a smaller construction. Before continuing down the Cascade, on important occasions water pressure to the Cascade can easily be boosted, causing the Cascade House to become part of the Cascade spectacle, as water flows through ducts on its roof and originating from the jaws of its carved ocean creatures. The size of every single step was made slightly different and means that the sound of the water falling varies as it falls down the Cascades, providing a superb and soothing complement to a stroll through the gardens. This cascade was chosen in a survey, carried out by Country Life in 2004, as England'sbest water fountain.


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