The Original Water Garden Fountains

Villages and villages depended on functional water fountains to channel water for preparing food, bathing, and cleaning from local sources like lakes, streams, or creeks. A supply of water higher in elevation than the fountain was necessary to pressurize the movement and send water squirting from the fountain's nozzle, a technology without equal until the later half of the nineteenth century. Fountains spanning history have been developed as memorials, impressing local citizens and visitors alike. Simple in style, the 1st water fountains didn't look much like modern-day fountains. 5103-4502__49199.jpg Uncomplicated stone basins crafted from nearby rock were the very first fountains, used for religious purposes and drinking water. The initial stone basins are believed to be from around 2000 B.C.. The spray of water appearing from small spouts was pushed by gravity, the lone power source builders had in those days. The placement of the fountains was influenced by the water source, which is why you’ll usually find them along reservoirs, canals, or streams. The Romans began building elaborate fountains in 6 B.C., most of which were bronze or natural stone masks of wildlife and mythological representations. A well-engineered collection of reservoirs and aqueducts kept Rome's public water fountains supplied with fresh water.

Water Fountains: Great for Wildlife

Wildlife and pets are by nature attracted to bird feeders and water fountains. Birds must have water to drink, bathe in, as well a place to groom, or preen. Birds including robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers favor the movement of water from a fountain and are not necessarily drawn to bird feeders. Many flying creatures delight in running water instead of still water, thus making such outdoor features much more appealing than bowl shaped birdbaths. Trickling fountains that splash around are heard from a distance, attracting even more birds.

Dogs are attracted to fountains because they offer fresh water to drink. Dogs and cats will be outside looking out for refreshing water during hot temperatures. Because water in fountains is always moving, they do not need much maintenance, whereas the still water of birdbaths collect debris and require more attention.

Feline Fountains

Is your feline attracted to the sounds of running water in the sink? Does he inspect the water in his bowl with his paw or drink toilet water? Odd as these behaviors appear, they in fact show a cat’s natural instinct to avoid still standing water.

Typically, they do not drink water that is not moving.

Out in nature, cats eat meat full of moisture which keeps them sufficiently hydrated. Therefore, felines never developed the impulse to drink water. Owner's of a domesticated cat, on the other hand, need to make sure their cats get enough water because it is an important part of their overall health. Cat fountains are an easy way to provide a water source for your pet.

If you get one, you can rest easy knowing your pet has easy access to water. The plethora of different styles will let you to choose a fountain best suited to your cat. Some fountains are basically a bowl which refills automatically while others provide fresher water due to their continuous flow.

Bernini's Early Masterpieces

The Barcaccia, a stunning fountain built at the base of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna, was Bernini's earliest fountain. To this day, you will see Roman residents and vacation goers occupying this space to revel in chit chatter and being among other people. Today, the city streets surrounding Bernini's water fountain are a trendy place where people go to meet, something which the artist would have been pleased to learn. In about 1630, the great master designed the first fountain of his career at the behest of Pope Ubano VIII. A large boat slowly sinking into the Mediterranean is the fountain's main theme. According to 16th century reports, a great flood of the Tevere covered the entire area in water, an event which was commemorated by the magnificent fountain. In 1665, France was graced by Bernini's one-and-only lengthy trip outside of Italy.

The Many Styles of Wall Fountains

A small patio or a courtyard is a great place to put your wall fountain when you seek out peace and quiet. You can have one made to suit your requirements even if you have a minimum amount of space. The required components include a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump regardless of whether it is freestanding or secured. There are any number of different styles available on the market including traditional, fashionable, classical, or Asian.

With its basin situated on the ground, freestanding wall fountains, or floor fountains, are generally quite big in size.

A wall-mounted water feature can either be incorporated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. This type of fountain contributes to a cohesive look making it seem as if it was part of the landscape instead of an added feature.

Roman Wall Fountains: Michelangelo’s Chef d'Oeuvre

During the 16th century two famous Florentine sculptors by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati built the first wall features in Rome. The fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, which was finished in 1536 and became part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was Michelangelo’s first creation. The development of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more beautiful water display, was included years later. Michelangelo, however, had anticipated this which led to use of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

The question remains as to whether the celebrated sculptor was the first to build wall fountains. The fountain types seen in Italy undeniably show the influence of his designs. Additional examples of this sort of structure can be seen in the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone which is found between flights of stairs on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Michelangelo’s amazing talent was put aside because he was forced to design fountains combining classical elements and a Roman style. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain erected at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and instructed the Florentine master to design a special wall fountain. The famed artist was commissioned to design a marble figure of Moses striking a stone from which water flowed. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this idea was denied because it would take a lot of time to build and a traditional statue of Cleopatra was used instead. An ancient figure was thought to be simpler to install over the fountain than the construction of a completely new statue by the famed artist.

Guidelines for Hanging a Wall Water Element

Make any living space much better with a wall fountain. Serenity and tranquility will fill the room due to the pleasant sound of the waterfall. Entryways are common places for wall fountains, but they can also be hung in any common living area. The best way to hang one depends on the design, but the standard procedure is the same. Note that different pieces will need to be put together during assembly. It will be necessary to connect the pump and tubing, and the base will need to be connected to the top part. Be sure to review the instruction manual before starting to make sure it is done right. It is normally a quick and easy procedure. That said, there can be minor differences depending on what style you have. Do not hesitate to get someone to assist you to keep the wall fountain in the right spot while you make a small mark on the wall. To make sure it will be straight, use a level. Both the very top and the lower part should be marked. Your wall fountain can be mounted in one of two ways. There are holes on the back which can be hung onto the screws you put on the wall. Alternatively, brackets can be secured to the wall. This last one is the more advisable method, particularly if your fountain is large. Determine where the brackets need to be located and mark the wall as required. To place the drywall anchors, first off put pilot holes into the wall. Affix the anchors by carefully hammering them into the wall. The brackets can then be mounted on the wall utilizing a screwdriver or cordless drill. It is then time to place your wall fountain onto the mounting brackets. Check to be certain it is both secure and aligned. If the position is correct, it’s time to put in water. Make sure there is sufficient water to cover the pump. Plug the pump into the wall and watch the water begin to move. The water basin should be filled to about an inch below the top edge. The basin will overflow when the pump is shut off if it is too full, so be careful not to fill it completely. The water level will rise because all of the moving water will settle down at the bottom part of the basin. Whenever the fountain is too full, water can spill out and cause damage to the nearby area.


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