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

Add feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can bring energy into your home.

Do not be concerned if your garden is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. If you have a lavish, beautiful one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design.

The principal feng shui tools can be used for your interior decor as well as your garden design. In order to learn the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to know your home’s bagua. a-415__53463.jpg

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is crucial to start by knowing how to strengthen each of its five elements.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should include in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

People thinking about adding a water feature into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

The Prevalence of Water Fountains in Japanese Backyards

A water feature is an important part of any Japanese garden. Since Japanese water fountains are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. It is uncommon to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains since the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

Moreover, water fountains that have bamboo spouts are very common. The water moves through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin underneath. It ought to have a worn-down, weathered appearance as well. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are often put in place around a fountain so that it seems more in line with nature. Needless to say, this fountain is something more than just a basic decoration.

For something a bit more one-of-a-kind, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then embellish it creatively with live bamboo and other natural elements.

Before long moss begins to creep over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area starts to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

Anyone who has an extensive space to work with can, of course, install a much larger water feature. Lots of people include a koi pond or a tiny stream as a final touch.

However, water does not have to be an actual element in a Japanese water fountain. Beautiful rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to create the illusion of moving water.

The Virtuosity of Michelangelo’s Roman Water Fountains

Michelangelo and Ammannati, two celebrated Florentine artists, crafted the first Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The first fountain Michelangelo designed came in 1536 with the construction of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to make part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. A number of years later, a more extravagant water exhibit was made viable with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol. Expecting this, Michelangelo had added a more substantial basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

The question remains as to whether the celebrated maestro was the earliest to design wall fountains. The maestro's designs absolutely influenced the future style of fountains in 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 main axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Michelangelo’s great talent was put aside because he was forced to design fountains combining classical elements and a Roman style. An original wall fountain for the top of the corridor of the Belvedere in the Vatican was commissioned to the famed artist by Julius III (1550-1555). The fountain was to be adorned with a marble figure of Moses hitting a stone from which water flowed. Rather than creating the Moses statue, which would take too much time to finish, an antique figure of Cleopatra was used in its place, however. Creating a new design by the renown sculptor was thought to be more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.


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