Where are the Planet's Most Grandiose Water Showpieces?

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. The water here shoots up to a elevation of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea. 50025coqn__08059.jpg

Coming in 2nd is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this water fountain is the tallest in the United States.

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

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are functioning.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is located next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and rockets 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 at number 8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Pick from all Kinds of Outdoor Fountains

Convert your garden into what you have always wanted – an oasis of serenity.

You can benefit from a water feature by incorporating an outdoor fountain to your property and creating a place of tranquility.

The splendor of a spouting fountain can be seen when it propels a stream of shooting water into the air. If your pond is significantly large, it can be incorporated without hassle. These types of fountains are often seen in parks or historical manor homes.

Select a stylish wall fountain to put outside. These types of fountains make excellent water features even if you only have a small garden. Whereas spouting fountains produce an impressive effect, wall fountains are more understated water features. In a very simple procedure, the water flows out of a spout, trickles down a beautifully textured wall only to be pumped back to the top.

Putting in a fountain with a motif depends completely on the layout of your garden. Consider a classic type of statue, such as a cherub supporting a spout, for the fountain if your residence or garden is rustic in style. On the other hand, a more modern garden can include more of a bold design. Just permit your imagination to run loose.

The primary attribute of a multi-tiered fountain is that water streams from a variety of different levels. Cascading fountains is another name used to identify this type of fountain because water flows down multiple levels.

Since outdoor fountains occupy ample space, think about putting in a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. These types of fountains are ideal for an area with limited space because their reservoirs are concealed underground.

Include a Japanese fountain if you are looking for a sense of relaxation. Bamboo sticks serve as the tubing from which water flows in these kinds of water features. Water then streams into a container or a shaped stone, only to repeat the cycle over and over again.

Fountains made of glass are another type available. Trellis-style fountains of this sort, showcase shaped metalwork which provides a more conventional look. However, this style of water feature is better suited to backyard gardens with many sharp corners as well as contemporary forms and design. The water produces a spectacular effect when it runs down the surface of the glass. In some cases, the water is colored by LED lights as it flows over the glass panels. A rock waterfall fountain (often made of imitation rock) showcases water slowly cascading down its façade.

The feature which differentiates a bubbling rock fountain is a large rock drilled with holes where pipes can be inserted into its middle. In this sort of fountain, water is pushed upwards at low pressure to cause it to bubble and gurgle at the top. Flowing towards the base of the fountain, the water returns as a slow dribble down the sides of the rock. Little gardens are ideal for this type of fountain. This sort of fountain, which uses low pressure to move water, is perfect because it stops water from being sprayed around in windy weather.

Powered by sunlight, solar fountains are becoming increasingly trendy. The reasons for this are diverse, from the lack of wires and the reduced complexities to the decreased power bills and the beneficial effects on our environment. There is no need to choose a specific model of outdoor solar-powered fountain because of the wide range of designs available on the market.

The Roman Wall Fountains of Michelangelo

Two Florentine sculptors by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed the oldest Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The earliest fountain Michelangelo made came in 1536 with the construction of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to be part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. A conduit from the Aqua Felice was built later and it brought water to the Capitol making a more lavish water effect possible. Michelangelo had foreseen this, however, and used a bigger basin styled on the art of the late Cinquecento.

Was the well-known sculptor the earliest to create wall fountains? His designs undoubtedly affected the design of fountain which dominates throughout Italy. More examples of this type of structure can be seen in the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone which is set between flights of stairs on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino.

It seemed to be Michelangelo’s destiny to combine classic Roman elements into his fountains instead of using his own tremendous talents to design original pieces. 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 design an archetypal structure. The famed artist was asked to design a marble figure of Moses striking a stone from which water flowed. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this plan was turned down because it would take a lot of time to build and a classic statue of Cleopatra was used instead. It was considered easier to use a classic sculpture above the fountain rather than have the eminent artist design a totally new figure.


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