The Multiple Styles of Wall Water Fountains

ppd_712__34348.jpg A small patio or a courtyard is a great spot to put your wall fountain when you seek peace and quiet. Even a little space can include a custom-made one. Whether it is stand alone or mounted, you will need a spout, a water bowl, internal piping, and a pump. There are many different varieties available on the market including traditional, contemporary, classical, or Asian.

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

On the other hand, a water feature affixed to a wall can be integrated onto an existing wall or built into a new wall. This type of fountain contributes to a cohesive look making it appear as if it was part of the landscape instead of an added feature.

The Early Society: Garden Fountains

During archaeological excavations on the island of Crete, a variety of varieties of conduits have been identified. They were used for water supply as well as removal of storm water and wastewater. They were typically built from clay or rock. There were clay pipelines, both round and rectangle-shaped as well as canals made from the same components. Among these were clay pipes that were U shaped or a shorter, cone-like shape which have only showed up in Minoan civilization. Knossos Palace had a state-of-the-art plumbing network made of clay conduits which ran up to three meters under ground.

Along with dispersing water, the clay pipes of the Minoans were also utilized to accumulate water and store it. These clay pipelines were needed to perform: Subterranean Water Transportation: It’s not really known why the Minoans required to move water without it being seen. Quality Water Transportation: Some historians consider that these conduits were chosen to create a different distribution process for the palace.

The Cascade Water Fountain Found at The Chatsworth

The Cascade garden fountain forms an amazing garden centerpiece at the back of Chatsworth House. Twenty-four irregularly positioned stone steps in a series stretch 200 yards towards the residence and down the hillside. The Cascade, also totally gravity fed, is founded on a 17th century French design. This water fountain has continued unchanged after being Created for the first Duke of Devonshire in 1696. Positioned at the peak of the fountain is the Cascade House, from which water streams downward. A little building, the residence is embellished on the outside with ocean creatures in bas-relief. Water pressure to the Cascade can easily be increased on special situations, causing the Cascade House to become part of the Cascade display, as water flows through conduits on its rooftop and from the mouths of its carved underwater creatures, before proceeding along the Cascade. The sound of the water plunging differs as it descends down the Cascades mainly because of the minor variance in the size of every single step thereby delivering a great and soothing accompaniment to a trek through the gardens.

Back in 2004, Chatsworth's Cascade was chosen by historians at Country Life as the best water fountain in England.

The Many Material Choices for your Wall Water Fountain

Wall mounted fountains come in numerous types of materials. Fiberglass is ideal for situations in which you need a strong, lightweight, waterproof material. In addition, this sort of fountain is easily shipped and does not need to be delivered by a big vehicle.

Stone, clay, wood, and a range of different metals, including copper, are used to construct them, although most indoor ones are crafted of metal. Copper has become a much sought-after raw material which has brought about a rise in price, but this material is still the best option for your fountain. Use cast stone to design a gorgeous fountain resembling the traditional Mediterranean wall fountains usually found in Italy, Spain, and France. These molded, cast stone concrete features are extremely sturdy and suitable to be placed on the floor against a wall. Such fountains, which come in a variety of different colors, are manufactured in the USA due to high transportation costs.

Back Story of Fountains

Pope Nicholas V, himself a learned man, governed the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of ancient classical Greek texts into Latin. Embellishing Rome and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the core of his ambitions. Restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a desolate Roman aqueduct which had transported fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the bidding of the Pope. The ancient Roman custom of marking the entry point of an aqueduct with an magnificent celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. At the behest of the Pope, architect Leon Battista Alberti undertook the construction of a wall fountain in the place where we now find the Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Short History of Fountains

If you look at any civilization or city throughout history, they have all used outdoor fountains, which supplied water for the people and often became part of the neighborhood lore. We have not always had indoor piping, so earlier folk took excursions to the local fountain when they desired drinking water. These perfectly designed fountains are also a spot to pray, make wishes, or just to take pleasure in the sight and sound of the sweeping water. The water fountains are frequently thought to have the capability to purify the religious, and they play an important part in the town’s security as well, supplying water during military blockades. These fountains are also a place for townspeople to socialize, like at the fountain at Castalia in Delphi.

Explore the World’s Tallest Fountains

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the tallest continually-functioning fountain in the world. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

Coming in second is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water shooting 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) found next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. Regarded as the tallest fountain in the United States, it propels 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 pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded music 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 comes the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.


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