The Easiest Way to Create the Perfect Haven Inside or Outside

angel cherub__67925.original.jpg The right feng shui fountain will go a long way towards helping you create a perfect tranquil haven. This can be attained rather simply with a garden or home waterfall. It will undoubtedly contribute a lot to the interior and exterior of your house. So that you can see your outdoor fountain from inside as well, select a good spot for it.

The most attractive water fountains include flowers and plants. Choose plants that keep their loveliness year-round. In addition, consider including other elements such as an outdoor fireplace, art, or pretty rocks.

The Tallest Water Displays Across the World

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the highest continually-functioning fountain worldwide. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the sky.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd with water levels of 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which comes in third place. Regarded as the tallest fountain in the United States, it propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which shoots water 190 meters (620 feet) into the heavens.

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can attain up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are working, even though it normally only reaches up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 next to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded music and propels 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.

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

And finally we have the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.

Roman Water Fountains: Michelangelo’s Masterwork

Two Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati created the oldest Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. In 1536 Michelangelo’s very first fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was revealed.

A conduit from the Aqua Felice was built later and it brought water to the Capitol making a more lavish water effect possible. Michelangelo had anticipated this, however, and built a bigger basin styled on the art of the late Cinquecento.

Did the creation of wall fountains begin with the famous sculptor? The sculptor’s designs definitely shaped the future style of fountains in Italy. The Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone set between flights of stairs on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino are further examples of this type of structure.

Rather than creating fountains based on his own brilliance, Michelangelo was doomed to integrating classical elements into Roman-styled structures. An original wall fountain for the top of the passageway of the Belvedere in the Vatican was commissioned to the reknowned sculptor by Julius III (1550-1555). A marble statue of Moses striking a stone streaming water was to be built as embellishment for the fountain. Rather than creating the Moses statue, which would take too much time to finish, an antique figure of Cleopatra was used in its place, however. Completing a new design by the famed sculptor was thought to be more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.


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