Making the Ideal Haven Inside or Outside

The best feng shui fountain will go a long way towards helping you create a perfect tranquil spot. Setting up a garden or home waterfall is a simple means to make this happen. It is a wonderful addition to the decoration of any home. So that you can enjoy your outdoor fountain from inside the house as well, pick a good spot for it.

Plants and flowers are also essential for the most beautiful water fountains. p-381__51414.jpg The best idea is to add some plants which look beautiful no matter what the season. In addition, consider incorporating other elements such as an outdoor fireplace, art, or pretty rocks.

Roman Wall Fountains: Michelangelo’s Masterpieces

The 16th century saw the construction of the earliest Roman wall fountains, the designs of two reknowned Florentine sculptures, Michelangelo and Ammannati. Michelangelo’s first fountain was revealed in 1536 in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome and makes up part of the facade of the Palazzo Senatorio. A conduit from the Aqua Felice was built later and it carried water to the Capitol making a more lavish water effect possible. Styled on the late Cinquecento, Michelangelo built a larger basin, anticipating the construction of the conduit.

Was the reknowned maestro the earliest to create wall fountains? The fountain styles found in Italy definitely show the influence of his designs. More 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 brilliance, Michelangelo was doomed to integrating conventional elements into Roman-styled structures. A brand-new fountain at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican was authorized by Julius III (1550-1555) and it fell to the talented sculptor to design an archetypal structure. A marble sculpture of Moses striking a stone streaming water was to be built as decoration for the fountain. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this concept was denied because it would take a lot of time to build and a classic statue of Cleopatra was used instead. A design by the well-known artist was thought to be too time-consuming, therefore, an ancient sculpture placed above the fountain seemed to be a better choice.

The Demand for Water Features in Japanese Backyards

You will rarely see a Japanese garden that does not feature a water element.

Since Japanese water fountains are seen as symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. It is uncommon to see extravagantly-designed Japanese fountains since the focus is supposed to be on the water itself.

You will also notice many fountains that have spouts made of bamboo. The water flows through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin below. Even when new, it should be made to look as if it has been outdoors for a long time. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people customarily adorn it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. Clearly this fountain is much more than merely a pretty add-on.

An alternate possibility is to buy a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the surroundings, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

If you are fortunate enough to have a big plot of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Popular water feature enhancements are a koi pond or any sort of little pool, or even a wandering brook.

However, water does not have to be an actual element in a Japanese water fountain. Attractive rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to give the illusion of a babbling brook.


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