Where are the Planet's Most Impressive Fountains?

The King Fahd Fountain ( crafted in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air. a-497__77665.jpg

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).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is number three on the list. Considered the tallest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

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

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

The Dubai Fountain opened in 2009 next to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded songs and shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) in height -it also has built in extreme shooters, though only used during special events, which reach 150 meters (490 feet) in height.

Constructed in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at number 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).

The Reason Behind Water Fountains in Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens typically include a water element. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical purifying, so it is typically placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. Since water is the most essential element of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

Moreover, water fountains with built-in bamboo spouts are very common. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically crafted of natural rocks, and water trickles out. People typically make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are often put in place around a fountain so that it seems more interconnected with nature. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just nice decor.

If you are searching for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain made of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. The idea is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the area, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Larger water features can be created if there is enough open land. Nice add-ons include a babbling brook or tiny pool with koi in it.

Water, however, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Attractive rocks, sand, or gravel are good alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to give the impression of a rippling brook.

The Brilliance of Michelangelo’s Roman Water Fountains

During the 16th century two renown Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati built the first wall fountains in Rome. In 1536 Michelangelo’s earliest fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was displayed. The building of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more impressive water display, was included years later. Michelangelo, however, had predicted this which led to addition of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

Did the introduction of wall fountains begin with the famed artist? The fountain types seen in Italy definitely show the influence of his designs. The Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone arranged between flights of stairs on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino are further illustrations of this type of structure.

Regrettably, Michelangelo was destined to put his own talents aside and combine classical elements into fountains based on Roman styles. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain constructed at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and instructed the Florentine master to design a one-of-a-kind wall fountain. The famed artist was asked to design a marble figure of Moses striking a stone from which water flowed. The option of the Moses figure was rejected, however, because of the time it would take to build it and was therefore replaced by an antique image of Cleopatra. Completing a new design by the celebrated sculptor was considered more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.


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