Ways A Fountain Can Make Your World More Enjoyable

The movement and sound of water emitted from a fountain have two effects: cleaning the air and proving a place of relaxation and tranquility, both of which will better your quality of life. 315569-2703__03197.jpg

There are many advantages to having an indoor or outdoor water fountain which you may not even understand. All over the world coastal cities have large populations which may perhaps be related to the fact that the human body is composed mainly of water. Water is required for life, and a water feature can provide the benefits of water in a quick and affordable way.

Your patio, porch, or back yard can be improved by getting an outdoor garden fountain. Even if you are already pleased with your outdoor area, the introduction of one of the many outdoor fountains available will make you love it even more. If you have a screened porch, think about installing one there, or if not, then on the exterior wall above your patio. Add beauty and the lovely music of babbling water to your flower bed with a tiered model. Birds love birdbath fountains because the flowing of the water ensures that it remains clean and does not build up bacteria and algae. Perfect your garden area with the peaceful sound of flowing water.

The Magnificent Notes of Musical Fountains

The three-dimensional images produced by musical fountains, or dancing fountains, is a kind of animated, beautifully designed fountain used for entertainment purposes. Using timed sound waves and light, as well as lasers, against water particles produces this image. The multi-dimensional images are created by the water refracting and reflecting the light.

The monetary cost of large scale installations, which utilize hundreds of water jets and lights, runs into the millions of dollars. Musical features can be quite complex and require a certain degree of mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, and electronic pieces that just may be more amazing to the audience than the actual show!

The musical water fountain project in Dubai is regarded as the largest in the world. Known for the design of the water fountain at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, WET Design of California designed it on the 30-acre man-made Burj Khalifa Lake. This massive fountain has 6,600 lights, 25 colored projectors, fog and fire. 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 cost was exceptional - an estimated 218 million US dollars. The Dubai Mall and the water fountain were formally opened on May 8, 2009 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The finest glimpse of the fountain, located in front of the Burj Khalifa, is from the Souk Al Bahar or the Dubai Mall.

A Pond Fountain for Your Yard or Garden

Most people think of the stunning masterpieces that adorn the front of public buildings when they think of fountains. However, they can really fit any area, as they can be made in just about any shape, size, and design.

You might even find a spot in your own garden area for a beautiful pond fountain.

By adding your one of your own, two things can take place. To start off, everyone knows that fountains add charm and contribute to a comforting ambiance. What better way to wind down than to listen to the trickle of water and soak up its charm. The setting will get a bit more elegant, too. Also, hosting a party will be more fun, as your lovely fountain will encourage guests to connect and take photos.

Another good reason to add this type of water element is to keep the water in your pond fresher for your fish. Since it keeps the water circulating constantly, it helps to improve the oxygen level in the pond to the advantage of your fish. The better-oxygenated and constantly moving water will ensure your fish are with you for a long time. Your flowers will also thrive.

Agrippa’s Splendid Water-lifting Machine

Though the device developed by Agrippa for moving water attained the admiration of Andrea Bacci in 1588, it appeared to vanish not long after. Only years later, in 1592, the early contemporary Roman conduit, the Acqua Felice, was connected to the Medici’s villa, probably making the unit outdated. The more plausible reason is that the system was deserted when Franceso di Medici, Ferdinando’s brotherdied in 1588, leading him to give up his job as cardinal and go back to Florence where he received the throne as the Grand Duke of Tuscany. It might violate gravity to raise water to Renaissance gardens, providing them in a way other late 16th century concepts like scenographic water presentations, music water fountains and giochi d’acqua or water caprices, were not.

Integrating Feng Shui into Your Garden

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will bring its healthy energy into your home as well.

Size is not the primary consideration when incorporating feng shui design to your yard. If you have a lavish, beautiful one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

Whether you are adding feng shui design to your home or garden, the approaches are the same. The first task is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should learn how to utilize each of them to maximize the energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast section of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. A Zen garden with some lovely natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

A water element is a great add-on to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).

Michelangelo’s Roman Water Fountains

During the 16th century two renown Florentine artists 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 design. Built some years later, a conduit from the Aqua Felice was added which brought water into the Capitol allowing a greater water display. Michelangelo, however, had predicted this which led to choice of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

Was the famous maestro the inventor of the wall fountain? The fountain styles seen in Italy certainly show the influence of his designs. Today, this structural style is found at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone arranged among the stairs on the primary axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Michelangelo’s great talent was put aside because he was compelled to design fountains combining classical elements and a Roman style. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain constructed at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and commissioned the Florentine artist to design a special wall fountain. The fountain was to be adorned with a marble figure of Moses hitting a stone from which water flowed. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this concept was denied because it would take a lot of time to build and a classical statue of Cleopatra was used instead. Creating a new design by the celebrated sculptor was considered more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.

Factors to Think About When Installing a Garden Fountain

When planning where to set up your garden fountain, do not forget that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. People sometimes fail to remember the technical things because they get caught up in the excitement of installing their newest purchase. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to attach an extension cord to reach the most convenient 120v outlet. A practical place to get water is important since you will need to fill your fountain. It is challenging to move water from one spot to another. A nearby hose can make filling the fountain a great deal easier. A water fountain autofill is an even better option, but will call for the help of someone who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.


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