Ways to Include the Positive Aspects of Feng Shui to Your Backyard

Enjoy the health benefits of feng shui by introducing its design elements into your yard.

When incorporating feng shui design into your yard, even a very small space works. A sizeable area is great for those fortunate enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The main feng shui tools can be used for your home decor as well as your garden design. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an off-shoot of your house's bagua, so it is important to figure out your home’s first. b-026__96292.jpg

Before getting started, make sure you grasp the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast part of your garden because that part of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might think about putting some into a tranquil Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

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

Tall Water Displays Around the World

Referred to as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously functioning fountain in the world. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the sky.

Reaching water heights of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the 2nd highest worldwide.

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which comes in third place. It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water shoots 190 meters (620 feet) high.

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 working.

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and propels water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, finished in 1970, propelling water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

Lastly is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

Roman Water Fountains: Michelangelo’s Chef d'Oeuvre

During the 16th century two celebrated Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati built the first wall features in Rome. In 1536 Michelangelo’s very first fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was displayed. Constructed some years later, a conduit from the Aqua Felice was added which carried water into the Capitol allowing a greater water display.

Michelangelo, however, had expected this which led to use of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

The question remains as to whether the celebrated maestro was the first to build wall fountains. His designs undoubtedly inspired the type of fountain which predominates throughout Italy. 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 principal axis of the Villa Pratolino.

It seemed to be Michelangelo’s predestination to combine classic Roman characteristics into his fountains instead of using his own remarkable talents to design original pieces. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain erected at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and instructed the Florentine genius to design a one-of-a-kind wall fountain. A marble Moses striking the rock from which water flowed was to enhance the fountain. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this concept was denied because it would take a lot of time to build and a classic statue of Cleopatra was used instead. Completing a new design by the celebrated sculptor was thought to be more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.


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