A Brief History of Garden Water Fountains

As originally conceived, fountains were crafted to be functional, guiding water from creeks or reservoirs to the inhabitants of cities and settlements, where the water could be utilized for cooking, washing, and drinking. To produce water flow through a fountain until the late 1800’s, and generate a jet of water, mandated gravity and a water source such as a spring or lake, positioned higher than the fountain. Fountains throughout history have been crafted as monuments, impressing local citizens and travelers alike. ft-196__00051.1377630949.208.278_category.jpg If you saw the earliest fountains, you probably would not identify them as fountains. Basic stone basins sculpted from nearby stone were the very first fountains, used for religious ceremonies and drinking water. The first stone basins are presumed to be from around 2000 BC. Early fountains put to use in ancient civilizations relied on gravity to control the movement of water through the fountain. Positioned near aqueducts or creeks, the functional public water fountains furnished the local citizens with fresh drinking water. Beasts, Gods, and spectral figures dominated the early decorative Roman fountains, beginning to appear in about 6 B.C.. The City of Rome had an elaborate system of aqueducts that supplied the water for the countless fountains that were located throughout the community.

The Tallest Water Fountains Across the World

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world. It spouts out water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

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

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

With water ejected 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes the list.

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are in use, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

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).

Outdoor Fountains Come in Many Shapes and Sizes

Is it possible for you to convert your garden into a paradise of peace? You can benefit from a water feature by adding an outdoor fountain to your backyard and creating a place of tranquility.

Sending a stream of water straight into the air, spouting fountains create a striking impression. Ample, existing ponds can effortlessly be fitted with one of these. You can find these in public recreational areas or old mansions.

Choose a fashionable wall fountain to put outside. These kinds of fountains make excellent water features even if you only have a little garden. While spouting fountains produce an impressive effect, wall fountains are more understated water features. It is straightforward process wherein a small jet of water propels outwards in front of a beautifully textured wall and then flows down only to be pumped up again.

Your garden’s style determines whether a themed fountain is suitable for you. In a rustic themed bungalow or yard, a classical styled statue for your fountain could include cherubs holding the spout. Contemporary gardens, on the other hand, benefit from something more adventurous. Feel free to let your hair down and go with something interesting and audacious.

The central trait of tiered fountains is the numerous levels spewing out water. Water flowing down multiple levels of this water feature is the main attribute of a cascading fountain.

Due to the fact that outdoor fountains can take up a lot of room, hang a wall fountain or a pondless fountain if the space you have is minimal. The reservoirs required for these kinds of water features are hidden underground which helps you better use your limited space.

If you seek a feeling of serenity and calmness, install a Japanese fountain as these are thought to bring about such sensations. In this style of water feature the water passes through bamboo sticks. The cycle of water flowing into a rustic-styled recipient or a shaped stone repeats itself again and again.

One of the many designs of fountain available is the glass fountain. Trellis-style fountains of this sort, showcase shaped metalwork which provides a more conventional look. Gardens with many sharp edges as well as contemporary forms and designs are better for these types of water features. As the water moves over the top of the glass it produces a dazzling impact. In some instances, the water is colored by LED lights as it flows over the glass panels. With water softly streaming down its surface, rock waterfall fountains, often made of fake rock, are a possible solution for your garden.

In a bubbling rock fountain, a big rock is drilled with openings and then filled in the middle with tubes. Low pressure is employed to push up the water which then bubbles and gurgles at the top. The water returns gently dripping down the sides of the rock to get to its starting point. Gardens with little space are good areas to include this style of fountain. To ensure that water is not sprayed around if it starts to get windy, this kind of fountain is the best option since it only uses low pressure to move water.

Powered by sunlight, solar fountains are becoming rapidly trendy. The reasons for this are varied, from the lack of wires and the reduced complexities to the lower power bills and the beneficial effects on our environment. It is not necessary to settle on a specific model of outdoor solar-powered fountain because of the wide range of styles found on the market.


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