The History of Garden Fountains

Hundreds of classic Greek records were translated into Latin under the authority of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. He undertook the beautification of Rome to make it into the worthy capital of the Christian world. At the behest of the Pope, the Aqua Vergine, a damaged aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into Rome from eight miles away, was renovated starting in 1453. pd-151__96150.jpg The ancient 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 commissioned by the Pope to build a wall fountain where we now see the Trevi Fountain. The Trevi Fountain as well as the well-known baroque fountains located in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona were eventually supplied with water from the altered aqueduct he had rebuilt.

Garden Water Fountains: Installment Guidelines

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a handy water source and an electrical outlet close by. Sometimes new owners get so caught up in the romance of their new purchase that they forget important details. Do not forget that an extension cord can be handy if your 120v power source is more than 12 feet away, as that is the normal length of power cords. Set up your fountain in a place close to a water source as you will need to fill it. Carrying large quantities of water requires strength so you do not want to have to lug it a long distance. A nearby hose is helpful when time comes to fill the fountain. A water fountain autofill will make your life easier in the long run, but this requires a trained expert to install since it must be connected to an external water line.

Fountains Featuring Many Levels

Fountains with more than one tier are very easy to find, and popular especially in gardens. You can find many of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European countries. Typical places to see them are in courtyards and piazzas. Impressive carvings can be found on some of the most elaborate tiered fountains, while others have much simpler designs.

Any area can be embellished with one, although a more traditional setting is sometimes more suitable. The fountain should blend right into the surroundings as if it has been there since the start.

Enjoy Yourself in a Splash Fountain

People are captivated by splashing fountains, otherwise known as bathing fountains, because they are the perfect place to cool off on hot summer days. As a result, they are often called as interactive fountains. Planned for easy access, these fountains include nonslip surfaces, no standing water to prevent drowning risks, therefore requiring no lifeguard supervision. These ”spraygardens”, or "splash pads", are mostly found in public swimming pools, public parks and public playgrounds. Splash fountains such as the one found in Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, absorb the solar energy from the specially made dark granite slabs. This remarkable fountain boasts 30 groups of 3 rows of 10 spigots for a total of 600 ground nozzles. You will find 30 groups of nozzles down below a stainless-steel grille. In the principal walkway through Dundas Square you will see the 20 grilles made up of 2 rows of 10.

The Advantages of Having a WalI Fountain in your Reception Area

If you have ever seen a water element in a doctor’s waiting room, you understand the positive effect it has on your surroundings and your mental state. It may be that you have thought about showcasing one in your office's waiting area. You may be in the process of decorating a new or revamped showroom, medical office, tax office, or health spa, not to mention other types of businesses, where one could improve the ambiance of the waiting room.

Waiting for an extended period of time for an appointment or a meeting oftentimes makes people fidgety. They start to nervously look at the clock while thinking about all of the work they should be doing. They may not even look at the ticking clock when there is a wall water fountain on show in your waiting room.

The sounds and visual appeal of gently streaming water produce a state of peace and help calm the mind.

Either the air conditioning or the heat is turned on in waiting rooms when the temperature changes. Therefore, the air in these settings is usually dried out. The amount of moisture let off by your wall fountain is just enough to make the conditions comfortable but not enough to make it humid. The atmosphere in your office will therefore be comfortable for all of you who work there all day long. You can become more prone to sickness because the dry air affects the mucous membranes in your body. Undesirable effects such as dried out lips and skin along with lasterless hair, scatchy eyes, and brittle nails are just some of the consequences of this environment. One of the benefits of water fountains is that they are great natural humidifiers.

Wall water fountains also add to a sense of calm because they muffle annoying sounds. No one is happy to hear the sound of medical equipment, or the noise of ringing phones, beeping faxes, or loud office jabber. While the noises your guests hear will be less bothersome, they will not be completely eliminated .

Both guests and clients alike will not only be left with a a memorable impression, they will also benefit from the healthy setting. Buying one of these might give you the competitive edge you need. Additionally, your company name or your logo on a wall fountain can become a distinctive marketing tool.

Bernini’s Very First Italian Water Fountains

The Barcaccia, a stunning water fountain built at the base of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna, was Bernini's earliest fountain. This area continues to be filled with Roman locals and tourists who like to exchanging gossip or going over the day's news. One of the city’s most stylish meeting places are the streets surrounding Bernini's fountain, which would undoubtedly have brought a smile to the great Bernini. In around 1630, Pope Urbano VIII helped Bernini start off his professional life with the construction of his very first fountain. Depicted in the fountain's design is a large vessel gradually sinking into the Mediterranean Sea. The great flooding of the Tevere that covered the whole region with water in the 16th was memorialized by this momentous fountain as recorded by documents dating back to this period. Absenting himself from Italy only once in his life for a long-lasting period of time, in 1665 Bernini traveled to France.

The Broad Array of Wall Water Fountains

A small patio or a courtyard is a great place to put your wall fountain when you need peace and quiet. Additionally, it can be designed to fit into any wall space since it does not take up much room. The necessary elements include a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump regardless of whether it is freestanding or anchored. Traditional, modern, classic, and Asian are just some of the styles from which you can consider.

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

It is possible to incorporate a wall-mounted fountain onto an already existent wall or built into a new wall. The appearance of your landscape will seem more cohesive instead of disjointed when you install this style of fountain.


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