Tips for Your Ideal Refuge Inside or Out

The right feng shui fountain will go a long way towards helping you design a perfect peaceful spot. This can be achieved rather easily with a garden or home waterfall. The best complement to your decor is this type of feature. Set up your outdoor fountain where you can see it from indoors as well.

The most attractive water fountains include flowers and plants. brk-303-1__85451.jpg Opt for plants that keep their beauty year-round. In addition, think about adding other elements such as an outdoor fireplace, art, or interesting rocks.

The Prevalence of Water Features in Japanese Backyards

You will never see a Japanese garden that does not feature a water feature. You will often notice Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual purification. It is unusual to see extravagantly-designed Japanese fountains because the focus is supposed to be on the water itself.

Bamboo is a widely accepted material to use for spouts and therefore often integrated into water fountains. The basin, which tends to be fashioned of stones, collects the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. Even when new, it should be crafted to appear as if it has been outside for a long time. So that the fountain looks at one with nature, people customarily adorn it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. Needless to say, this fountain is something more than just a regular decoration.

An alternate approach is to buy a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it.

The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the surroundings, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Bigger water features can be developed if there is enough open land. Consider adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

However, water does not need to be an actual element in a Japanese water fountain. Good options include stones, gravel, or sand to symbolize water. You can also gather flat stones and place them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

An Absolute Roman Wonder: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Incredible discoveries of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a famed marble sculpture located at the entrance of the nearby basilica. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was not well known and situated far from sight making it hard to visit. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a bleak and neglected part of the city. In order to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain for the area. The job of laying down the church’s first stones started on August 17, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, medallions bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were tossed into the foundation.


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