Improve Your Backyard with the Use of Feng Shui

Integrating feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

When adding feng shui design into your yard, even a very small area is adequate. It is great to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can still incorporate feng shui design.

Feng shui methods are identical whether you are working in your garden or your residence. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first want to know your home’s bagua. p-594-pd-188__34813.jpg

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is important to start by knowing how to bolster each of its five elements.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should include in the northeast section of your garden because that part of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. A Zen garden with some pretty natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

Give some thought to incorporating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

The Virtuosity of Michelangelo’s Roman Wall Fountains

Michelangelo and Ammannati, two celebrated Florentine maestros, created the first Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The earliest fountain Michelangelo designed came in 1536 with the construction of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to be part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. Some years later, a more extravagant water show was made feasible with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol. Michelangelo had expected this, however, and added a bigger basin styled on the art of the late Cinquecento.

Did the creation of wall fountains begin with the famous artist? Italy’s fountains definitely show the effect his designs had on the styles found there. More 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 set between flights of stairs on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Regrettably, 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 erected at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and commissioned the Florentine master to design a special wall fountain. A marble figure of Moses striking a rock streaming water was to be built as decoration for the fountain. The idea of the Moses figure was rejected, however, because of the time it would take to create it and was therefore replaced by an antique image of Cleopatra. 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.

Explore the World’s Biggest Water Fountains

Referred to as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world. It propels water reaching 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 blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

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

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are in use, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located next to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded songs and shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) in height -it also has built in extreme shooters, though only used during special events, which reach 150 meters (490 feet) in height.

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

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


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