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Your Garden: A Great Place for a Garden Fountain

The area outside your residence can be enhanced by adding a wall or a garden fountain to your landscaping or garden project. Many contemporary designers and craftsmen have been influenced by historical fountains and water features. Therefore, in order to connect your home to earlier times, add one these in your decor. In addition to the positive attributes of garden fountains, they also generate water and moisture which goes into the air, thereby, attracting birds as well as other creatures and harmonizing the environment. Birds drawn to a fountain or bird bath often scare away irritating flying invaders, for instance.Garden: Great Place Garden Fountain 280558048374.jpg

The space necessary for a cascading or spouting fountain is considerable, so a wall fountain is the perfect size for a small yard. Two options to pick from include either a freestanding type with an even back set against a fence or wall in your backyard, or a wall-mounted, self-contained type which hangs on a wall. Be sure to include a fountain mask to an existing wall and a basin to collect the water at the bottom if you wish to add a fountain to your living area. It is best not to attempt this job yourself as skilled plumbers and masons are best suited to do this type of work.

The Genesis Of Garden Fountains

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also launch water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

Pure functionality was the original role of fountains. Residents of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains needed to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up until the 19th century, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. To demonstrate his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains constructed to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. The creation of unique water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

Embellishing city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the functions of modern-day fountains.

The Godfather Of Roman Garden Water Fountains

Godfather Roman Garden Water Fountains 5166057750956442566.jpg In Rome’s city center, there are many famous fountains. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the finest sculptors and artists of the 17th century developed, conceptualized and constructed virtually all of them. Also a city builder, he had capabilities as a fountain developer, and traces of his life's work are evident throughout the streets of Rome. Bernini's father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they ultimately moved to Rome, in order to fully express their art, primarily in the form of public water fountains and water features. The young Bernini earned compliments from Popes and influential artists alike, and was an exceptional employee. At the start he was known for his sculptural skills. Working faultlessly with Roman marble, he utilized a base of experience in the historical Greek architecture, most notably in the Vatican. Although many artists had an impact on his work, Michelangelo had the most profound effect.