Exterior Water Features Come in Lots of Shapes and Sizes

Is it possible for you to transform your yard into a paradise of peace? Add a feeling of peace to your garden with an outdoor fountain and profit from all the positive effects of a water feature.

The flood of water sent high up into the air by a spouting fountain is an spectacular sight to see. If your pond is sufficiently big, it can be incorporated without trouble. These sorts of fountains are often found in parks or historical stately homes. 6232-8103__46237.jpg

Select a fashionable wall fountain to put outdoors. Such fountains make for a fantastic addition to your yard even if it is small. Whereas spouting fountains leave behind an impressive effect, wall fountains are more understated water features. In a very simple procedure, the water spills out of a spout, trickles down a magnificently textured wall only to be pumped back to the top.

Themed fountains are ideal when the style of your garden allows for them. A cherub grasping a spout is one of the possible types of classical-styled statues you can use if you want your fountain to compliment a rustically themed cottage or garden. On the other hand, a more modern garden can include more of a bold design. Choosing what to do is totally in your hands.

Water spills down several levels in a tiered fountain. Water runs down numerous tiers in a cascading fountain.

A substantial amount of space is needed for an outdoor fountain, so another alternative is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. The reservoirs needed for these kinds of water features are buried underground which helps you better use your limited space.

If you seek a feeling of serenity and calmness, put in a Japanese fountain as these are considered to bring about such sensations. In this model of water feature the water passes through bamboo sticks. Water then streams into a bucket or a shaped stone, only to repeat the pattern over and over again.

Fountains made of glass are another type available. Producing a more classical appearance are trellis-style fountains which showcase shaped metalwork. However, this type of water feature is better suited to gardens with many sharp corners as well as modern-day forms and design. As the water streams over the surface of the glass it produces a dazzling impact. Colorful LED lights are also included in some fountains to illuminate the water as it down down the sheet of glass. Often made of fake rock, stone waterfall fountains have water slowly trickling down its surface.

A large rock drilled with openings which then has tubes inserted into it is what distinguishes a bubbling rock fountain. In this sort of fountain, water is forced upwards at low pressure to cause it to bubble and gurgle at the top. The water returns gently trickling down the sides of the rock to reach its starting point. Small gardens are ideal for this type of fountain. This sort of fountain, which uses low pressure to move water, is ideal because it prevents water from being sprayed around in windy weather.

The trend of installing solar powered fountains is becoming increasingly widespread. There are numerous reasons for this newly found appeal such as the absence of cables, less difficulty in running them, a decrease in electricity bills, and the benefits to the environment. Outdoor solar-powered fountains are available in myriad varying styles, therefore, you will not have to settle on which one to purchase.

Where are the World’s Most Grandiose Water Elements?

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). The water here shoots up to a elevation of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Reaching water levels of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the second highest worldwide.

Located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is third placed Gateway Geyser (1995). It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

Next is the fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which shoots water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

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 functioning.

The Dubai Fountain was opened in 2009 next to Burj Khalifa - the world's highest building. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and rockets water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

Lastly is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

The Extraordinary Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain in Rome

Remarkable discoveries of both Christian and pagan origin have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The famed marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was not well known and situated far from sight making it hard to visit. Since the nearby area was depressing and mostly uninhabited, visitors were not particularly interested in visiting it. In order to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain for the area. August 11, 1717 marked the date when construction on the church’s foundation started. 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 thrown in.


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