Choosing Windchimes for Your Garden

Go for wind chimes which are simple in design in order to avoid any incongruity in decor styles. This way they will blend in perfectly anywhere they are installed. p_693_left_side_angle__02333.jpg Choose wind chimes that make a pleasant sound and do not get stuck solely on their visual appeal. Consider a simpler aluminum sort of wind chime over a more decorative set because these typically produce a more pure sound quality. When creating your wind chime garden, consider installing them at different heights. One situation is to place your wind chimes on a terrace, an additional set in a small tree line and yet another amid your flowers. The sound will dance with depth across your yard every time the wind blows through. If the appearance of the wind chimes is important to you, think about installing them in your eyeline where they will mirror the sun at dawn and sundown. Aluminum wind chime gardens fit very well with rock configurations, water features (such as a waterfall or a birdbath) and surrounding evergreens.

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. The development of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more impressive water display, was included years later. Anticipating this, Michelangelo had added a more sizable basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

Was the reknowned maestro the first to create wall fountains? Italy’s fountains certainly show the impact his designs had on the styles seen there. Today, this structural look is found at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone arranged among the stairs on the primary axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Michelangelo’s great talent was put aside because he was compelled to design fountains combining classical elements and a Roman style. A brand-new fountain at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican was authorized by Julius III (1550-1555) and it fell to the great sculptor to design a unique structure. A marble figure of Moses striking a rock streaming water was to be built as embellishment for the fountain. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this concept was denied because it would take a lot of time to build and a classical statue of Cleopatra was used instead. A design by the well-known artist was thought to be too time-consuming, therefore, an ancient depiction placed above the fountain seemed to be a better choice.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Fountain Worthy of Viewing

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian relics in Rome have come across a wealth of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a famed marble sculpture located in the portico of the nearby basilica. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a bleak and desolate 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 create a water fountain for the area. Work on the church's foundation commenced on on August 11, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medals bearing the illustrations of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also tossed in.


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