Finding the Ideal Wind Chimes for Your Taste

Basic wind chimes function better than more complex ones so as to not create imbalance in decor styles. This way they will blend in perfectly wherever they are placed. s-381__73913.jpg When it comes to wind chimes, the tone is more important than the appearance. As a matter of fact, the much attractive types of wind chimes are not created so as to generate the same pristine sound quality as those made of aluminum. Installing your chimes at various heights is important when making your very own wind chime garden. Wind chimes, for instance, can be set up in a range of areas such as a sundeck, in a small line of trees, as well as among flowers. Each and every instant the wind blows, the tones will intensely resonate across your garden. If the aesthetic aspect to your wind chimes is important to you, be sure to hang them in your line of vision. so you can appreciate the reflection of the rising and setting of the sun. Aluminum wind chime gardens blend in well with flowing water (such as waterfalls or birdbaths), stone decors and evergreens.

The Virtuosity of Michelangelo’s Roman Water Fountains

Michelangelo and Ammannati, two renowned Florentine maestros, made the first Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The first fountain Michelangelo made came in 1536 with the building of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to be part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. Some years later, a more extravagant water show was made possible with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol. Michelangelo had anticipated this, however, and added a bigger basin styled on the art of the late Cinquecento.

Was the well-known sculptor the earliest to create wall fountains? The fountain styles found in Italy undeniably show the influence of his designs. Additional 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.

Regrettably, Michelangelo was destined to put his own abilities aside and combine conventional elements into fountains based on Roman styles. A brand-new fountain at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican was commissioned by Julius III (1550-1555) and it fell to the great sculptor to design an archetypal structure. A marble sculpture of Moses striking a rock streaming water was to be built as decoration for the fountain. 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. 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 option.

Where are the World’s Tallest Water Fountains?

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the highest continually-functioning fountain in the world. It propels water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in second with water heights of 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is number three on the list. This fountain is considered the tallest in the United States with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

Next is the fountain found in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which jets water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps operate at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is located next to tallest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. Once every half hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded musical themes while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

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

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).


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