Chimes: Perfect for the Yard

Pick wind chimes which are simple in design in order to prevent any disparity in decor styles. The main goal is for them to fit in effortlessly wherever they are positioned. 8823_6601__99497.jpg When choosing wind chimes, remember that their sound is vastly more important than their look. In fact, many of the more decorative types of wind chimes are not made in such a way that allows for the same pristine sound quality as those of a simple aluminum design. When creating your wind chime garden, chimes can be installed at different heights. For instance, setting up your wind chimes on a sundeck, in a small line of trees, or amidst flowers can create a beautiful outdoor environment. The sound will dance with depth across your yard every time the wind blows through. If you want to enjoy the visual aspect of wind chimes, make sure they are in line of vision by placing them where they will reflect the sunlight at sunrise and at sunset. Stone decoration, coursing water (including waterfalls or a birdbaths) and evergreens go well with aluminum wind chime gardens.

Roman Water Fountains: Michelangelo’s Masterwork

Two Florentine sculptors by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed the oldest Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. In 1536 Michelangelo’s earliest fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was revealed. A number of years later, a more extravagant water exhibit was made feasible with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol. Michelangelo, however, had expected this which led to addition of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

Was the reknowned maestro the first to design wall fountains? The maestro'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 main axis of the Villa Pratolino, are other examples of this style.

It seemed to be Michelangelo’s destiny to combine classic Roman attributes into his fountains instead of using his own remarkable talents to design original pieces. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain constructed at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and commissioned the Florentine genius to design a one-of-a-kind wall fountain. The fountain was to be adorned with a marble figure of Moses hitting a stone from which water flowed. However, an ancient figure of Cleopatra replaced the statue of Moses because the latter would take too much time build. It was considered easier to use a classical piece of art above the fountain rather than have the illustrious artist design a totally new figure.

Impressive Water Wonders Around the World

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running water fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). The water reaches the fantastic height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

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

The Gateway Geyser (1995) found next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. This fountain is regarded as the tallest in the U.S. with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

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

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 next to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. 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).

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, completed in 1970, launching water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

And finally comes the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.


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