The First Fountains

The water from springs and other sources was initially delivered to the citizens of nearby communities and cities by way of water fountains, whose design was largely practical, not aesthetic. A supply of water higher in elevation than the fountain was needed to pressurize the flow and send water spraying from the fountain's spout, a system without equal until the later part of the 19th century. Inspirational and impressive, prominent water fountains have been designed as monuments in nearly all civilizations. Rough in style, the 1st water fountains did not look much like contemporary fountains. 6810_6603__50834.jpg Simple stone basins crafted from nearby material were the original fountains, used for religious ceremonies and drinking water. Stone basins are believed to have been 1st made use of around 2,000 BC. Early fountains put to use in ancient civilizations relied on gravity to regulate the flow of water through the fountain. Drinking water was provided by public fountains, long before fountains became decorative public monuments, as beautiful as they are practical. The people of Rome began creating elaborate fountains in 6 B.C., most of which were metallic or natural stone masks of creatures and mythological characters. The remarkable aqueducts of Rome supplied water to the incredible public fountains, many of which you can travel to today.

Choose from all Sorts of Exterior Water Features

Convert your garden into what you have always desired – an oasis of serenity. The comforting feeling created by outdoor fountains is just one of the benefits of adding a water feature in your garden.

The beauty of a spouting fountain can be seen when it propels a stream of shooting water into the air. Large, existing ponds can have one of these incorporated without much trouble. You can find these in public parks or old mansions.

Outdoor water features are available in a variety of forms, one of which is a chic wall fountain. These kinds of fountains make excellent water features even if you only have a small garden. Whereas spouting fountains produce an impressive effect, wall fountains are more understated water features. In this simple process. the water which is forced out of a small opening, streams down a beautifully textured wall and is then collected at the base before being pushed back to the top.

Putting in a fountain with a theme depends completely on the style of your garden. A cherub holding a spout is one of the possible types of classical-styled statues you can use if you want your fountain to suit a rustically themed cottage or garden. On the other hand, a more contemporary yard can include more of a bold design. Feel free to let your hair down and pick something fun and audacious.

The main trait of tiered fountains is the numerous levels spewing out water. Cascading fountains is another expression used to identify this type of fountain because water flows down multiple levels.

The space required for an outdoor fountain can be considerable, therefore, a better solution is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. Due to the fact that the reservoirs necessary for these kinds of fountains are hidden below the ground, you can make the most of the space at your disposal.

Japanese fountains are believed to impart a feeling of tranquility and well-being. In this style of water feature the water runs through bamboo sticks. A rustic bucket or shaped stone is positioned at the bottom of this feature to collect the flowing water only to have the pattern repeated over and over again.

An additional style of fountain is made of glass. A more conventional look is provided by trellis-style fountains which feature shaped metalwork. Water features such as these are ideal for gardens with many sharp corners as well as modern forms and designs. The flowing water forms a beautiful effect as it moves down the glass sheets. Colored LED lights are also included in some fountains to illuminate the water as it moves down the sheet of glass. Often made of imitation rock, rock waterfall fountains have water slowly trickling down its surface.

In a bubbling rock fountain, a big rock is drilled with holes and then filled in the middle with pipes. The gurgles and bubbles at the top are the result of the low pressure used to propel the water upwards. Flowing towards the base of the fountain, the water returns as a slow dribble down the sides of the rock. This is yet another solution for gardens with limited space. Water is moved at low pressure in this kind of fountain, so you can rest assured that it will not spray all over should the wind pick up.

Solar powered fountains have become more fashionable recently since they run on sunlight. There are numerous reasons for this newly found appeal such as the absence of cables, less difficulty in running them, a decrease in electricity bills, and the benefits to the environment. It is not necessary to choose a specific model of outdoor solar-powered fountain because of the wide variety of designs found on the market.

Big Water Features Around the World

The King Fahd Fountain ( crafted in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. It spouts out water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

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

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this water fountain is the tallest in the U.S..

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

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 running, even though it typically only hits 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 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.

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, completed in 1970, launching water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

Lastly is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).


Outdoor Public Fountains Recorded by History
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The Vast Array of Outdoor Fountains
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The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet). read more