Choosing the Perfect Wind Bells and Chimes for You

Simple wind chimes function better than more complex ones so as to not create imbalance in decor styles. The objective is to place them anywhere they will fit and blend in effortlessly. When choosing wind chimes, remember that their sound is vastly more important than their appearance. As a matter of fact, the much decorative types of wind chimes are not created so as to generate the same clean sound quality as those made of aluminum. p-498__47453.jpg You can place your chimes at different heights when creating your wind chime garden. One situation is to place your wind chimes on a terrace, another set in a small tree line and yet another amid your flowers. The sound created every time the wind blows will ring across your backyard. Hanging wind chimes in your eyeline so you can enjoy the dawn and sunset will allow you to take pleasure in their aesthetic aspects. Stone decor, coursing water (including waterfalls or a birdbaths) and evergreens go well with aluminum wind chime gardens.

The Virtuosity of Michelangelo’s Roman Wall Fountains

Michelangelo and Ammannati, two famed Florentine maestros, made the first Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. Michelangelo’s first fountain was unveiled in 1536 in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome and makes up part of the front of the Palazzo Senatorio. Some years later, a more extravagant water show was made viable with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol. Styled on the late Cinquecento, Michelangelo created a larger basin, anticipating the building of the conduit.

Was the reknowned sculptor the first to create wall fountains? Italy’s fountains truly show the influence his designs had on the styles seen there. The Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone arranged between flights of stairs on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino are further models of this type of structure.

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. The Florentine master was commissioned by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a one-of-a-kind fountain to be placed at the top of the passageway of the Belvedere in the Vatican. The fountain was to be adorned with a marble figure of Moses striking a stone from which water flowed. The option of the Moses figure was dismissed, however, because of the time it would take to build it and was therefore replaced by an antique image of Cleopatra. It was considered easier to use a classical piece of art above the fountain rather than have the illustrious artist design a totally new figure.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Fountain Worthy of Visiting

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian relics in Rome have stumbled upon a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Situated in the portico of the nearby basilica one can see the celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Since the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained mostly unknown. It was said that there was nothing worth seeing in this area, as it was bleak and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Work on the church's infrastructure began on on August 11, 1717. The consecration of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being thrown in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.


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