Common Fountains Seen in Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens typically feature a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are seen as emblematic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. It is unusual to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains because the focus is supposed to be on the water itself. 7247262__00755.jpg

You will also see many fountains that have spouts built of bamboo. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically constructed of natural rocks, and water trickles out. People generally make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. People want their fountain to seem as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just nice decoration.

If you are searching for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain made of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. Over the years it starts to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss covers the stone.

Larger water features can be developed if there is enough open land. Lots of people include a koi pond or a tiny stream as a final touch.

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

The Globe's Most Splendid Water Fountains

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the tallest continually-functioning fountain in the world. The water reaches the astonishing height of 260 meters (853 feet) over the Red Sea.

Coming in second is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

Located next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is third placed Gateway Geyser (1995). With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this water fountain is the tallest in the United States.

With water ejected 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes it on the list.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps operate at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located next to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Once every half hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded songs 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.

A Magnificent Example of Roman Know-How: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain

Both Christian and pagan articles have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The famed marble sculpture called the Bocca della VeritĂ  (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was created in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a bleak and desolate part of the city. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was mandated by Pope Clement XI to build a fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an effort to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the job to lay down the foundation of the church. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated and medallions bearing the illustrations of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also tossed in.


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