The Globe's Most Amazing Water Features

twf028-ld__25647.jpg Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running water fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). It spouts out water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

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).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) found next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. Considered the tallest fountain in the United States, it jets 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 sky.

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

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and propels 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 at number 8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Roman Water Fountains: Michelangelo’s Chef d'Oeuvre

During the 16th century two renown Florentine sculptors by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati made the first wall fountains in Rome. The earliest fountain Michelangelo designed came in 1536 with the construction of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to be part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. The construction of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more spectacular water display, was included years later. Michelangelo had foreseen this, however, and used a bigger basin styled on the art of the late Cinquecento.

The question remains as to whether the famed maestro was the first to design wall fountains. His designs undoubtedly inspired the design of fountain which predominates throughout Italy. Additional examples of this type of structure can be seen in the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone which is located between flights of stairs on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Rather than creating fountains based on his own genius, Michelangelo was fated to integrating traditional elements into Roman-styled structures. The Florentine maestro was commissioned by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a distinctive fountain to be placed at the top of the passageway of the Belvedere in the Vatican. A marble figure of Moses striking a rock streaming water was to be built as embellishment for the fountain. The option of the Moses figure was abandoned, however, because of the time it would take to build it and was therefore replaced by an antique image of Cleopatra. Producing a new design by the celebrated sculptor was thought to be more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.

Add the Benefit of Feng Shui into Your Garden

Introducing feng shui design into your yard will help circulate its energy into your home and your life.

When adding feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small area is adequate. Of course, a large area is fantastic if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

Feng shui techniques are identical whether you are working in your garden or your home. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an extension of your house's bagua, so it is important to determine your home’s first.

Before getting underway, make sure you comprehend the five elements of feng shui so that you can maximize their energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be integrated in the northeast part of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. A Zen garden with some lovely natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

A water feature is a perfect addition to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).


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