Finding the Perfect Chimes for You

6115-1501__09093.jpg Choose wind chimes which are simple in design in order to prevent any disparity in decor designs. It is important to place them anywhere they blend in effortlessly. When choosing wind chimes, remember that their sound is vastly more important than their look. As a matter of fact, the more attractive varieties of wind chimes are not designed so as to emit the same pristine sound quality as those composed of aluminum. When creating your wind chime garden, chimes can be installed at various heights. For example, place a set of wind chimes up on a deck, one in a smaller tree line and another among your flowers. The sound will dance with depth across your garden each time the wind blows through. If the appearance of the wind chimes is important to you, consider suspending them in your eyeline where they will reflect the sun at dawn and sunset. Wind chime gardens designed of aluminum match well with stone decor, coursing water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.

Roman Wall Fountains: Michelangelo’s Chef d'Oeuvre

Michelangelo and Ammannati, two famed Florentine maestros, made the first Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. In 1536 Michelangelo’s earliest fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was revealed. The building of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more spectacular water display, was included years later. Michelangelo, however, had expected this which led to use of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

Was the well-known maestro the earliest to create wall fountains? His designs undoubtedly affected the design of fountain which dominates throughout Italy. More 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.

Michelangelo’s unique talent was put aside because he was forced to design fountains uniting classical elements and a Roman style. The Florentine maestro was asked by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a one-of-a-kind fountain to be placed at the top of the passage of the Belvedere in the Vatican. A marble Moses striking the rock from which water flowed was to adorn the fountain.

However, an ancient figure of Cleopatra replaced the statue of Moses because the latter would take too much time create. An ancient figure was thought to be easier to install over the fountain than the creation of a completely new statue by the famed artist.

Experience the World’s Most Incredible Water Fountains

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the highest continually-functioning fountain in the world. The water reaches the amazing height of 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).

Located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is 3rd placed Gateway Geyser (1995). This fountain is regarded as the tallest in the United States with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

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

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

The Dubai Fountain was opened in 2009 next to Burj Khalifa - the world's highest building. 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.

Built in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

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


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