Windchimes: Perfect for the Backyard

Select wind chimes which are basic in design in order to avoid any disparity in decor designs. The main goal is for them to fit in easily wherever they are placed. And remember, the significance of sound is more significant than the aesthetic when it comes to wind chimes. In fact, many of the more decorative types of wind chimes are not made in such a way that allows for the same pristine sound quality as those of a simple aluminum design. brk-303-1__85451.jpg Installing your chimes at different heights is important when creating your very own wind chime garden. For example, put your wind chimes on a patio, in a smaller tree line and amongst flowers. The sound will dance with depth across your garden each time a breeze blows through. If the look of the wind chimes is important to you, think about installing them in your eyeline where they will reflect the sun at dawn and sunset. Wind chime gardens designed of aluminum fit well with stone decor, flowing water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.

The Roman Water Fountains of Michelangelo

Two Florentine masters by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed the earliest Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The earliest fountain Michelangelo designed came in 1536 with the building of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to make part of the Palazzo Senatorio's fa├žade. A number of years later, a more extravagant water show was made possible with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol. Styled on the late Cinquecento, Michelangelo built a larger basin, anticipating the development of the conduit.

Was the reknowned maestro the earliest to create wall fountains? The fountain styles seen in Italy certainly show the influence of his designs. The Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone set between flights of stairs on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino are further models of this type of structure.

Regrettably, Michelangelo was destined to put his own brilliance aside and combine traditional elements into fountains based on Roman styles.

A new fountain at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican was commissioned by Julius III (1550-1555) and it fell to the talented sculptor to create an archetypal structure. The talented artist was asked to design a marble figure of Moses striking a stone from which water flowed. However, an ancient figure of Cleopatra replaced the statue of Moses because the latter would take too much time build. It was considered easier to use a traditional statue above the fountain rather than have the eminent artist design a totally new figure.

The Original Water Garden Fountains

As originally conceived, water fountains were crafted to be practical, directing water from streams or aqueducts to the inhabitants of towns and villages, where the water could be utilized for cooking food, washing, and drinking. A supply of water higher in elevation than the fountain was required to pressurize the flow and send water spraying from the fountain's nozzle, a system without equal until the late 19th century. Striking and impressive, prominent water fountains have been built as memorials in many societies. The common fountains of modern times bear little likeness to the very first water fountains. A stone basin, carved from rock, was the first fountain, used for containing water for drinking and religious purposes. Rock basins as fountains have been uncovered from 2,000 B.C.. Gravity was the power source that operated the oldest water fountains. Drinking water was supplied by public fountains, long before fountains became decorative public monuments, as beautiful as they are practical. Animals, Gods, and spectral figures dominated the initial decorative Roman fountains, beginning to appear in about 6 BC. The people of Rome had an elaborate system of aqueducts that furnished the water for the countless fountains that were placed throughout the urban center.


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