The First Public Garden Fountains

brk-303-3__34127.jpg Towns and villages depended on working water fountains to channel water for preparing food, washing, and cleaning from local sources like ponds, channels, or springs. A source of water higher in elevation than the fountain was required to pressurize the movement and send water spraying from the fountain's nozzle, a system without equal until the later part of the nineteenth century. Commonly used as monuments and commemorative structures, water fountains have impressed people from all over the world throughout the centuries. Rough in style, the first water fountains didn't appear much like present fountains. The very first recognized water fountain was a natural stone basin created that served as a receptacle for drinking water and ceremonial purposes. 2000 BC is when the earliest known stone fountain basins were used. The spraying of water emerging from small jets was forced by gravity, the only power source designers had in those days. Drinking water was supplied by public fountains, long before fountains became ornate public monuments, as attractive as they are practical. Creatures, Gods, and Spiritual figures dominated the initial decorative Roman fountains, beginning to show up in about 6 BC. The impressive aqueducts of Rome provided water to the spectacular public fountains, many of which you can go see today.

The Prevalence of Water Elements in Japanese Landscapes

You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not include a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes.

Since water is supposed to be the central point of a fountain, you will notice that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Bamboo is a popular material to use for spouts and therefore often integrated into water fountains. The water flows through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin below. In addition, it is important to the overall look that it appear as if it has been out of doors for a long time. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they place plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. Clearly, this fountain is something more than just a regular decoration.

If you want to get a bit more imaginative, try a stone fountain enhanced with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. Over the years it begins to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss covers the stone.

Wherever there is enough open space, you have the possibility to build a more extensive water feature. Popular water feature extras are a koi pond or any sort of little pool, or even a wandering brook.

Water, nevertheless, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Beautiful rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to create the illusion of moving water.

Tips for Creating a Relaxing Interior or Exterior Retreat

One good way to create a tranquil and relaxing area is to install a feng shui fountain. A garden or home waterfall is the perfect choice. The perfect addition to your decor is this type of feature. The ideal place for your outdoor fountain is a spot where you can see it from inside too.

Plants and flowers are also important for the most gorgeous water fountains. Opt for plants that keep their appeal year-round. The area will be further improved with small embellishments like art, a fire pit, or attractive stones.


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