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Contemporary Garden Decor: Large Outdoor Water Fountains and their Roots

The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to enhance your home.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were simply there to serve as functional elements.Contemporary Garden Decor: Large Outdoor Water Fountains Roots 0993291802.jpg People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the area. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains functioned using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and memorialize the designer. Roman fountains usually depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were intended to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains built to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Since indoor plumbing became the standard of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely decorative. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to enable fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

Modern fountains are used to adorn community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.

The History of Landscape Fountains

Himself a learned man, Pope Nicholas V led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 till 1455 and was responsible for the translation of scores of age-old texts from their original Greek into Latin. Beautifying Rome and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the center of his ambitions.History Landscape Fountains 7312222600.jpg At the behest of the Pope, the Aqua Vergine, a ruined aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into Rome from eight miles away, was restored starting in 1453. A mostra, a monumental celebratory fountain constructed by ancient Romans to mark the point of entry of an aqueduct, was a custom which was restored by Nicholas V. At the bidding of the Pope, architect Leon Battista Alberti began the construction of a wall fountain in the spot where we now find the Trevi Fountain. The water which eventually provided the Trevi Fountain as well as the renown baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona came from the modified aqueduct which he had renovated.

The Godfather Of Rome's Garden Fountains

In Rome’s city center, there are countless famous fountains.Godfather Rome's Garden Fountains 410005783845766145.jpg Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the best sculptors and artists of the 17th century planned, conceived and built almost all of them. His expertise as a fountain designer and also as a city designer, are evident all through the roads of Rome. Bernini's father, a celebrated Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they finally moved in Rome, to thoroughly exhibit their artwork in the form of community water features and water features. The young Bernini was an exceptional employee and earned compliments and patronage of important painters as well as popes. At the beginning he was recognized for his sculptural abilities. An expert in historical Greek engineering, he used this knowledge as a base and melded it flawlessly with Roman marble, most notably in the Vatican. Although a variety of artists impacted his artistic endeavors, Michelangelo affected him the most.

Fountains for Tight Spots

Since water is reflective, it has the effect of making a smaller spot appear larger than it is. Increasing the reflective aspects of a fountain or water feature are possible by using dark materials. Night time is a great occasion to draw attention to the lighted, colored underwater lights in your new water feature. Eco-lights powered by sunlight can be used during the day whereas you can use lights to enhance your garden at night. Often utilized in natural therapies, they help to lessen anxiety and tension with their calming sounds.

The greenery in your backyard is the perfect place to situate your water feature. Ponds, man-made rivers, or fountains are just some of the ways you can you can make it become the focal feature on your property. Examples of spots where you can install a water element include large yards or small patios. The right accessories and the best location for it are important if you want to improve the atmosphere.

The Effect of the Norman Invasion on Anglo Saxon Garden Design

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was dramatically changed by the introduction of the Normans in the later eleventh century.Effect Norman Invasion Anglo Saxon Garden Design 3117437175188.jpg At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But before centering on home-life or having the occasion to consider domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire population. Monasteries and castles served different functions, so while monasteries were enormous stone structures constructed in only the most productive, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the people focused on understanding offensive and defensive strategies. Gardening, a peaceful occupation, was unfeasible in these fruitless fortifications. Berkeley Castle is most likely the most intact model in existence today of the early Anglo-Norman form of architecture. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time period. A spacious terrace intended for exercising and as a means to stop attackers from mining under the walls runs around the building. On 1 of these terraces sits a charming bowling green: it is coated in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is created into the shape of rough ramparts.