The Original Public Garden Fountains

As initially conceived, fountains were designed to be practical, guiding water from streams or aqueducts to the residents of towns and villages, where the water could be utilized for cooking, washing, and drinking. To make water flow through a fountain until the later part of the 1800’s, and produce a jet of water, demanded gravity and a water source such as a spring or reservoir, located higher than the fountain. Inspiring and impressive, big water fountains have been designed as monuments in most cultures. p-676__12176.jpg When you see a fountain today, that is definitely not what the first water fountains looked like. Created for drinking water and ceremonial purposes, the 1st fountains were basic carved stone basins. 2,000 BC is when the earliest known stone fountain basins were used. The spraying of water appearing from small jets was pushed by gravity, the sole power source creators had in those days. The location of the fountains was influenced by the water source, which is why you’ll usually find them along reservoirs, canals, or streams. Fountains with flowery decoration began to appear in Rome in about 6 B.C., usually gods and animals, made with natural stone or bronze. The City of Rome had an intricate system of aqueducts that provided the water for the many fountains that were placed throughout the community.

The Biggest Water Wonders Across the World

The King Fahd Fountain ( crafted in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. Reaching incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

Reaching water levels of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the second highest worldwide.

Located next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is third placed Gateway Geyser (1995). Regarded as the tallest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water shoots 190 meters (620 feet) high.

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain was opened in 2009 near to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. Once every 1/2 hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded musical themes while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

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.

Enhance Your Yard with the Use of Feng Shui

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

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

Feng shui methods are the same whether you are working in your garden or your home. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to understand your home’s bagua.

Before getting underway, make sure you understand the five elements of feng shui so that you can make the most of their 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.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas ideal for a water element.


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