Reasons Why You Should Add Wind Bells and Wind Chimes to Your Yard?

Choose wind chimes which are basic in design in order to prevent any disparity in decor styles. The main goal is for them to fit in effortlessly anywhere they are placed. twf006__93672.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. Suspending your chimes at various heights is important when making your very own wind chime garden. For instance, setting your wind chimes on a sundeck, in a small line of trees, or amidst flowers can create a beautiful outdoor environment. The sound created every time the wind blows will ring throughout your yard. If you want to enjoy the visual facet of wind chimes, make sure they are in line of vision by positioning them where they will reflect the sun at sunrise and at sunset. Stone decor, running water (including waterfalls or a birdbaths) and evergreens go well with aluminum wind chime gardens.

Where are the Planet's Most Grandiose Water Showpieces?

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

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water jetting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Located next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is 3rd placed Gateway Geyser (1995). It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which rockets water 190 meters (620 feet) into the heavens.

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can reach up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are working, even though it typically only reaches up 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 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.

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, finished in 1970, launching water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

Lastly is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

The Genius of Michelangelo’s Roman Water Fountains

During the 16th century two famous Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed the first wall features in Rome. The first fountain Michelangelo created came in 1536 with the building 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 delivered water to the Capitol making a more lavish water effect possible. Michelangelo, however, had expected this which led to use of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

The question remains as to whether the celebrated sculptor was the earliest to create wall fountains. His designs undoubtedly influenced the design of fountain which dominates throughout Italy. The styles seen at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone, set between the flight of steps on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino, represent other examples of this style.

It seemed to be Michelangelo’s predestination to combine classic Roman attributes into his fountains instead of using his own considerable talents to design original pieces. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain erected at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and instructed the Florentine genius to design a one-of-a-kind wall fountain. A marble sculpture of Moses striking a stone streaming water was to be built as embellishment for the fountain. However, an ancient figure of Cleopatra replaced the statue of Moses because the latter would take too much time make. Completing a new design by the renown sculptor was considered more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.


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