How Feng Shui Make Your Backyard into Place to Relax

Feel the health benefits of feng shui by adding its design elements into your yard. b-033__22864.jpg

As far as the size of your yard goes, it is not particularly important when adding feng shui design to it. It is terrific to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can always incorporate feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to incorporate feng shui design into your living space can be used in the garden. The initial task is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should understand how to utilize each of them to maximize the energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal improvement energy. The ideal 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.

Give some thought to incorporating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Why Should You Add Windchimes to Your Garden?

Choose simplified wind chimes in order to prevent likely clashes in decor styles. This way they will mix in perfectly wherever they are placed. When it comes to wind chimes, the tone is more significant than the appearance. In fact, many of the more decorative types of wind chimes are not made in such a way that allows for the same pristine sound quality as those of a simple aluminum design. You can hang your chimes at varying heights when creating your wind chime garden. For example, place a set of wind chimes up on a deck, one in a smaller tree line and another among your flowers. The blowing breeze will produce a sound that will emanate around your entire yard. If the appearance of the wind chimes is important to you, contemplate installing them in your eyeline where they will mirror the sun at dawn and sundown. Wind chime gardens made of aluminum fit well with stone decor, coursing water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.

The Virtuosity of Michelangelo’s Roman Water Fountains

The 16th century saw the construction of the earliest Roman wall fountains, the designs of two famed Florentine sculptures, Michelangelo and Ammannati. The fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, which was completed in 1536 and became part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was Michelangelo’s first creation. Some years later, a more extravagant water show was made feasible with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol. Styled on the late Cinquecento, Michelangelo created a larger basin, anticipating the building of the conduit.

Was the reknowned maestro the earliest to design wall fountains? The fountain styles found in Italy certainly show the influence of his designs. The styles seen at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone, set between the flight of steps on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino, are other examples of this style.

It seemed to be Michelangelo’s predestination to combine classic Roman characteristics into his fountains instead of using his own remarkable talents to design original pieces. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain built at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and instructed the Florentine genius to design a special wall fountain. The fountain was to be decorated with a marble sculpture of Moses hitting a stone from which water flowed. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this concept was turned down because it would take a lot of time to build and a classical statue of Cleopatra was used instead. It was considered easier to use a classic statue above the fountain rather than have the eminent artist design a totally new figure.


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