Introduce the Spirit of Feng Shui into Your Backyard

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will draw its healthful energy into your home as well.

Size is not the most important concern when adding feng shui design to your yard. A sizeable space is great for those privileged enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design. r-047__74295.jpg

Whether you are adding feng shui design to your home or garden, the approaches are the same. The first part is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

It is also crucial to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to optimize its energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast section of your garden because that part of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might consider putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas ideal for a water feature.

Roman Wall Fountains: Michelangelo’s Masterpieces

Two Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati created the earliest Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The first fountain Michelangelo designed came in 1536 with the construction of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to make part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. A conduit from the Aqua Felice was built later and it brought water to the Capitol making a more lavish water effect possible. Styled on the late Cinquecento, Michelangelo made a larger basin, anticipating the construction of the conduit.

Was the well-known maestro the first to design wall fountains? Italy’s fountains truly show the effect his designs had on the styles seen there. Additional examples of this sort 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 found between flights of stairs on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Regrettably, Michelangelo was destined to put his own talents aside and combine classical elements into fountains based on Roman styles. 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. A marble Moses striking the rock from which water flowed was to adorn the fountain. Rather than building the Moses statue, which would take too much time to complete, an antique figure of Cleopatra was used in its place, however. Creating a new design by the renown sculptor was considered more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.

The Globe's Most Splendid Water Elements

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet.

Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the sky.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in second with water levels of 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).

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 operating.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. The fountain propels water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

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

And at #8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).


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