Wind Bells and Windchimes: Perfect for the Garden

In order to dodge possible friction in design styles, choose wind chimes which are basic in appearance. The goal is to place them wherever they will fit and blend in effortlessly. Select wind chimes that produce a pleasant sound and do not get stuck solely on their look. 50026ss__32848.jpg 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. You can put your chimes at differing heights when designing your wind chime garden. For instance, setting your wind chimes on a sundeck, in a small line of trees, or among flowers can create a beautiful outdoor environment. The sound will dance with depth across your yard every time the wind blows through. If the look of the wind chimes is important to you, contemplate suspending them in your eyeline where they will mirror the sun at sunrise and sundown. Wind chime gardens made of aluminum fit well with stone decor, cascading water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.

Water Elements: Important in any Japanese Landscapes

A water feature is an absolutely vital part of any Japanese garden. You will often find Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual purification. Since water is meant to be the central point of a fountain, you will notice that the designs are kept very straightforward.

You will also find many fountains that have spouts built of bamboo. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically made of natural stones, and water trickles out. It must have a worn-down, weathered feel as well. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they place plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. Clearly this fountain is much more than simply a pretty add-on.

If you are looking 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. In time, as moss gradually covers the rocks, it becomes even more natural-looking.

Anyone who has an extensive spot to work with can, of course, out in a much bigger water feature. Charming add-ons include a babbling stream or tiny pool with koi in it.

There are different options if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Many people prefer to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in actual water. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to give the impression of a rippling brook.

Michelangelo’s Roman Wall Fountains

The 16th century saw the creation of the most ancient Roman wall fountains, the designs of two famed Florentine sculptures, Michelangelo and Ammannati. Michelangelo’s first fountain was completed in 1536 in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome and makes up part of the exterior of the Palazzo Senatorio. The development of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more beautiful water display, was included years later. Michelangelo had foreseen this, however, and added a bigger basin styled on the art of the late Cinquecento.

Was the famed maestro the mastermind of the wall fountain? The sculptor’s designs truly impacted the future style of fountains in Italy. Further 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.

Sadly, Michelangelo was destined to put his own talents aside and combine traditional elements into fountains based on Roman styles. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain built at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and instructed the Florentine artist to design a one-of-a-kind wall fountain. The famed artist was commissioned to design a marble figure of Moses striking a stone from which water streamed forth. Rather than making the Moses sculpture, which would take too much time to complete, an antique figure of Cleopatra was used in its place, however. A design by the well-known artist was thought to be too time-consuming, therefore, an ancient depiction placed above the fountain seemed to be a better alternative.


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