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Contemporary Garden Decoration: Large Outdoor Water Fountains and their Beginnings

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

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated 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 not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the designer who created it. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create smaller depictions of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his dominion over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains made 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 ornamental. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

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

Use a Fountain To Help Boost Air Quality

You can beautify your living area by putting in an indoor wall fountain. Your senses and your health can benefit from the installation of one of these indoor features. Science supports the theory that water fountains are good for you. The negative ions generated by water features are counterbalanced with the positive ions released by contemporary conveniences. When positive ions overtake negative ones, this results in greater mental and physical health. The increased serotonin levels arising from these types of features make people more attentive, serene and energized. The negative ions generated by indoor wall fountains promote a better mood as well as remove air impurities from your home. Allergies, air-borne pollutants among other annoyances can be done away with by these water features.Use Fountain Help Boost Air Quality 97872750316490879.jpg And lastly, dust particles and microbes in the air are removed and lead to improved health.

Creators of the First Garden Fountains

Often working as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and highly educated scholars all in one, from the 16th to the later part of the 18th century, fountain designers were multi-talented people,Creators First Garden Fountains 636221938512.jpg Exemplifying the Renaissance skilled artist as a creative master, Leonardo da Vinci worked as an inventor and scientific expert. He methodically noted his ideas in his now celebrated notebooks, after his mind boggling interest in the forces of nature inspired him to research the qualities and motion of water. Coupling imaginativeness with hydraulic and gardening mastery, early Italian fountain engineers modified private villa settings into brilliant water exhibits complete of emblematic implications and natural elegance. The humanist Pirro Ligorio, celebrated for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design, delivered the vision behind the splendors in Tivoli. Well versed in humanistic topics as well as classic scientific texts, other fountain designers were masterminding the extraordinary water marbles, water properties and water pranks for the numerous mansions around Florence.