Roman Wall Fountains: Michelangelo’s Masterwork

During the 16th century two celebrated Florentine sculptors by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati made the first wall features in Rome. Michelangelo’s first fountain was revealed in 1536 in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome and makes up part of the facade of the Palazzo Senatorio. A conduit from the Aqua Felice was constructed later and it delivered water to the Capitol making a more lavish water effect possible. b-047__15614.jpg Expecting this, Michelangelo had added a more substantial basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

Was the reknowned sculptor the first to design wall fountains? The sculptor’s designs absolutely influenced the future style of fountains in Italy. Today, this structural style 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 main axis of the Villa Pratolino.

It seemed to be Michelangelo’s predestination to combine classic Roman characteristics into his fountains instead of using his own tremendous talents to design original pieces. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain constructed at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and commissioned the Florentine artist to design a special wall fountain. The famed artist was asked to design a marble figure of Moses striking a stone from which water flowed. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this plan was turned down because it would take a lot of time to build and a traditional statue of Cleopatra was used instead. Completing a new design by the renown sculptor was considered more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.

The Many Types of Exterior Fountains

Turn your garden into what you have always wished for – an oasis of serenity. Incorporating a fountain into your garden provides tranquility as well as a variety of beneficial effects that come with having a water feature.

The stream of water sent shooting into the air by a spouting fountain is an spectacular sight to see. Large, preexisting ponds can effortlessly be fitted with one of these. You can find these in public recreational areas or old mansions.

Choose a stylish wall fountain to put outdoors. These types of fountains make for a great addition to your yard even if it is small. Spouting fountains usually make quite an impact whereas wall features are more of an understated type of water feature. It is straightforward undertaking wherein a small jet of water propels outwards in front of a splendidly 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. Consider a classic type of statue, such as a cherub supporting a spout, for the fountain if your home or garden is rustic in style. On the other hand, a more contemporary garden can include more of a bold design. Feel free to let your hair down and pick something interesting and intrepid.

Water flows down multiple levels in a tiered fountain.

Due to the water running down its various levels, these are also called cascading fountains.

The space necessary for an outdoor fountain can be extensive, therefore, a better alternative is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. The reservoirs necessary for these kinds of water features are buried underground which helps you better use your limited space.

Japanese fountains are believed to impart a feeling of tranquility and wellness. Bamboo sticks act as the piping from which water flows in these kinds of water features. The cycle of water flowing into a rustic-styled recipient or a shaped stone repeats itself again and again.

Glass fountains make up a different group of fountain. Trellis-style fountains of this sort, highlight shaped metalwork which provides a more conventional look. Water features of this type are a perfect option for gardens with many sharp edges as well as contemporary forms and design. A wondrous effect is produced when water runs down the sheets of glass. Some fountains also include colorful LED lights to shine onto the sheets of glass as water flows downwards. With water softly running down its surface, rock waterfall fountains, often made of imitation rock, are a viable solution for your garden.

A large rock drilled with holes which then has pipes inserted into it is what differentiates a bubbling rock fountain. The bubbling and gurgling at the topmost part of this type of fountain are brought on by the water being thrust upward at low pressure. Water then flows as a delicate trickle down the sides of the rock to its base. This is yet another option for gardens with limited space. The low pressure used in this sort of fountain prevents water from being spattered about in case of a windy day.

Powered by sunlight, solar fountains are becoming increasingly trendy. There are numerous reasons for this newly found appeal such as the absence of cables, less difficulty in running them, a reduction in electricity bills, and the benefits to the environment. It is not necessary to settle on a specific model of outdoor solar-powered fountain because of the wide variety of designs available on the market.

The Purpose of Water Elements in Japanese Gardens

A water element is an important part of any Japanese garden. The Japanese water fountain is considered symbolic of spiritual and physical cleaning, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. Since water is supposed to be the central point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Many people also choose a water fountain that features a bamboo spout. The water moves through the bamboo spout and collects in the stone basin underneath. Even when new, it should be crafted to appear as if it has been out in the open for a long time. So that the fountain looks at one with nature, people customarily adorn it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just nice decoration.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain embellished with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. After some years it begins to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss blankets the stone.

Wherever there is sufficient open space, you have the possibility to build a more extensive water feature. Popular water feature additions are a koi pond or any sort of tiny pool, or even a meandering brook.

Water, however, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Pretty rocks, sand, or gravel are good alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. The impression of a creek with moving water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.


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