Pick from all Kinds of Outdoor Water Features

Have you ever contemplated converting your garden into an oasis of tranquility? Add a feeling of peace to your garden with an outdoor fountain and avail yourself of all the positive benefits of a water feature.

Sending a stream of water shooting into the air, spouting fountains leave a striking impression. 50025coqn__08059.jpg It is feasible to have one of these installed into an existing, ample pond. You can find these in community recreational areas or old mansions.

Wall fountains are an excellent example of outdoor wall features. Even with a smallish yard, it is possible to add one of these water features. Whereas spouting fountains leave behind an impressive effect, wall fountains are more understated water features. In this simple process. the water which is pushed out of a small opening, moves down a beautifully textured wall and is then collected at the base before being pumped back to the top.

Dependent on the design you have chosen for the garden, you could think about a themed fountain. Consider a classic type of statue, such as a cherub supporting a spout, for the fountain if your residence or garden is rustic in style. Modern gardens, on the other hand, benefit from something more audacious. Just let your creativity to run loose.

The primary trait of a multi-tiered fountain is that water flows from a number of different levels. Water streaming down multiple tiers of this water feature is the main characteristic of a cascading fountain.

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

If you seek a feeling of peacefulness and calmness, put in a Japanese fountain as these are believed to bring about such sensations. In this type of water feature the water passes through bamboo sticks. The repetition of water flowing into a bucket or shaped stone is one of the main characteristics of this sort of fountain.

Glass fountains make up another category of fountain. Creating a more classical look are trellis-style fountains which feature shaped metalwork. However, this type of water feature is better suited to backyard gardens with many sharp corners as well as modern-day forms and design. A magnificent effect is created when water streams down the sheets of glass. Colored LED lights are also included in some fountains to illuminate the water as it down down the sheet of glass. The jagged surface of rock waterfall fountain makes for an appealing façade as the water softly trickles downwards.

The characteristic which distinguishes a bubbling rock fountain is a large rock drilled with holes where pipes can be inserted into its middle. The gurgles and bubbles at the top are the result of the low pressure used to propel the water upwards. The water comes back gently dripping down the sides of the rock to reach its starting point. Little gardens are perfect for this type of fountain. To ensure that water is not sprayed around if it starts to get windy, this kind of fountain is the best option since it only uses low pressure to move water.

Powered by sunlight, solar fountains are becoming increasingly trendy. The lack of cables, the decreased difficulty in managing them, the lower energy bills, and the benefits to our ecosystem are just some of the reasons for this increased interest. The varied designs in outdoor solar-powered fountains signifies you will not have to compromise on style.

Roman Water Fountains: Michelangelo’s Chef d'Oeuvre

Michelangelo and Ammannati, two renowned Florentine artists, created the first Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. In 1536 Michelangelo’s first fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was displayed. A conduit from the Aqua Felice was constructed later and it delivered water to the Capitol making a more lavish water effect possible. Expecting this, Michelangelo had added a more substantial basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

Was the famous artist the inventor of the wall fountain? The sculptor’s designs truly influenced the future style of fountains in Italy. The styles found at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone, set between the flight of steps on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino, represent other examples of this style.

Rather than designing fountains based on his own genius, Michelangelo was doomed to integrating classical elements into Roman-styled structures. The Florentine maestro was instructed by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a distinctive fountain to be placed at the top of the passage of the Belvedere in the Vatican. A marble Moses hitting the rock from which water flowed was to decorate the fountain. Rather than building the Moses sculpture, which would take too much time to finish, an antique figure of Cleopatra was used in its place, however. Producing a new design by the celebrated sculptor was considered more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.

A Real Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan relics have been found in by the load by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is mainly for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its portico. Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained mostly obscure. Due to the fact that the nearby area was gloomy and mostly abandoned, people were not particularly interested in visiting it. As part of an effort to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to design a fountain. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the work to lay down the foundation of the church. Medals bearing the imagery of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown in the foundation following the blessing of the first rock.


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