The Popularity of Water Features in Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens typically include a water feature. They tend to be placed right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are regarded as being representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. c_077__27676.jpg The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simple because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

You will also notice many fountains that have spouts built of bamboo. The basin, which tends to be built of stones, collects the water as it trickles down from the bamboo spout. It ought to have a worn-down, weathered look and feel as well. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are often put in place around a fountain so that it seems more in line with nature. As you can probably deduce, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

For something a bit more distinctive, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then decorate it artistically with live bamboo and other natural elements. Eventually moss begins to grow over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area starts to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

Wherever there is sufficient open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Nice add-ons include a babbling brook or tiny pool with koi in it.

Water, nevertheless, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Good alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. The illusion of a creek with moving water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.

Tips for Creating a Comforting Indoor or Exterior Sanctuary

Incorporating a feng shui fountain in your living space will most surely add to creating a sense of harmony and serenity. The best solution is to install a garden or home waterfall.

They are the perfect addition to your property. So that you can see your outdoor fountain from inside the house as well, choose a good spot for it.

The most attractive water fountains have flowers and plants. Plants and flowers that bloom in different seasons make the ideal accompaniment. Beautiful rocks, statues, or a fireplace are also nice additions.

The Spectacular Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian artifacts in Rome have stumbled upon an abundance of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Situated in the portico of the nearby basilica one can see the acclaimed marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a drab and neglected part of the city. As part of an effort to revitalize the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to design a fountain. The job of laying down the church’s first stones started on August 17, 1717. Medallions bearing the imagery of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown in the foundation following the blessing of the first stone.


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