Explore the World’s Most Incredible Water Features

Referred to as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously functioning fountain in the world. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water jetting up 202 meters (663 feet). p-770__34814.jpg

Located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is 3rd placed Gateway Geyser (1995). 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 reach up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are working, even though it typically only reaches up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest 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.

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

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

The Brilliance of Michelangelo’s Roman Wall Fountains

During the 16th century two celebrated Florentine sculptors by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati built the first wall fountains in Rome. The fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, which was finished in 1536 and became part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was Michelangelo’s first creation. The construction of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more impressive water display, was included years later. Michelangelo had anticipated this, however, and added a bigger basin styled on the art of the late Cinquecento.

Was the well-known maestro the earliest to create wall fountains? The maestro's designs absolutely impacted 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 found between flights of stairs on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino are further illustrations of this type of structure.

Michelangelo’s amazing talent was put aside because he was compelled to design fountains uniting classical elements and a Roman style.

The Florentine maestro was commissioned by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a one-of-a-kind fountain to be placed at the top of the passageway of the Belvedere in the Vatican. The fountain was to be decorated with a marble depiction of Moses hitting a stone from which water flowed. Rather than making the Moses statue, which would take too much time to complete, an antique figure of Cleopatra was used in its place, however. An ancient figure was thought to be quicker to put up over the fountain than the construction of a completely new statue by the famed artist.

Improve Your Garden with the Help of Feng Shui

Integrating feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

When incorporating feng shui design into your yard, even a very small space works. A sizeable area is great for those privileged enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your home can be used in the garden. In order to understand the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to understand your home’s bagua.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should know how to apply each of them to intensify the energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should include in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. A perfect addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a peaceful Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Consider integrating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).


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