Choosing Wind Chimes for Your Backyard

Go for wind chimes that are basic in design in order to prevent any incongruity in decor designs. This way they will mix in perfectly anywhere they are placed. twf034-ld__87434.jpg When choosing wind chimes, remember that their sound is vastly more important than their appearance. 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. When creating your wind chime garden, chimes can be installed at different heights. For instance, setting your wind chimes on a sundeck, in a small line of trees, or amidst flowers can create a beautiful outdoor environment. Each and every time the wind blows, the sound will intensely resonate across your yard. If the appearance of the wind chimes is important to you, contemplate installing them in your eyeline where they will reflect the sun at sunrise and sundown. Aluminum wind chime gardens blend in well with flowing water (such as waterfalls or birdbaths), stone decors and evergreens.

The Prevalence of Water Elements in Japanese Backyards

You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not have a water element. The Japanese water fountain is considered symbolic of spiritual and physical cleaning, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. Since water is the most essential component of any Japanese fountain, the design is usually simple.

Moreover, water fountains with bamboo spouts are very popular. The basin, which tends to be made of stones, receives the water as it trickles down from the bamboo spout. Even when new, it should be crafted to look as if it has been outdoors for a long time. It is important that the overall look of the fountain goes with the natural environment, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just attractive decoration.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain embellished with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. Over the years it starts to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss grows over the stone.

Anyone who has an extensive area to work with can, of course, out in a much larger water feature. Popular water feature extras are a koi pond or any sort of small pool, or even a wandering brook.

However, water does not need to be an addition in a Japanese water fountain. It is appropriate to use representations of water in lieu of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. You can also collect flat stones and put them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

The Roman Water Fountains of Michelangelo

During the 16th century two renown Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati built the first wall features in Rome. The fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, which was finalized in 1536 and became part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was Michelangelo’s first design. Constructed some years later, a conduit from the Aqua Felice was added which carried water into the Capitol permitting a greater water display. Anticipating this, Michelangelo had added a more substantial basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

The question remains as to whether the famed maestro was the earliest to create wall fountains. The fountain types found in Italy undeniably show the influence of his designs. Additional examples of this sort 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 located between flights of stairs on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Rather than creating fountains based on his own genius, Michelangelo was doomed to integrating traditional elements into Roman-styled structures. 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 a unique structure. A marble Moses striking the rock from which water flowed was to decorate the fountain. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this concept was denied because it would take a lot of time to build and a traditional statue of Cleopatra was used instead. Producing a new design by the renown sculptor was considered more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.


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