The First Water Features

The water from springs and other sources was originally supplied to the inhabitants of nearby towns and cities via water fountains, whose purpose was mainly practical, not aesthetic. a_516__51355.jpg To generate water flow through a fountain until the end of the 1800’s, and generate a jet of water, mandated gravity and a water source such as a creek or lake, positioned higher than the fountain. Inspiring and impressive, prominent water fountains have been built as monuments in nearly all civilizations. The common fountains of modern times bear little likeness to the very first water fountains. Simple stone basins crafted from nearby material were the first fountains, used for spiritual functions and drinking water. 2000 BC is when the earliest identified stone fountain basins were originally used. The force of gravity was the power source that controlled the oldest water fountains. The location of the fountains was driven by the water source, which is why you’ll commonly find them along aqueducts, waterways, or rivers. Fountains with flowery decoration began to appear in Rome in about 6 B.C., commonly gods and creatures, made with stone or bronze. The remarkable aqueducts of Rome delivered water to the incredible public fountains, most of which you can visit today.

The Globe's Biggest Fountains

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). It spouts out water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Reaching water levels 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.

Located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is third placed Gateway Geyser (1995). Regarded as the highest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

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

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps operate at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 next to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. 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.

Constructed in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

And finally we have the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.

Enhance Your Backyard with the Help of Feng Shui

Feel the health benefits of feng shui by adding its design elements into your yard.

Do not be concerned if your garden is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. Of course, a large area is great if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

Feng shui techniques are the same whether you are working in your garden or your home. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an off-shoot of your home’s bagua, so it is essential to figure out your home’s first.

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

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal development energy. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might think about putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Give some thought to introducing a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).


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