The Globe's Most Splendid Water Elements

The King Fahd Fountain ( crafted in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. The water reaches the astonishing height of 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). ft-214__55737.jpg

Located next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is 3rd placed Gateway Geyser (1995). It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

With water jetting 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes it on the list.

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 near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest 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.

Propelling water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in 7th.

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

Michelangelo’s Roman Wall Fountains

The 16th century saw the creation of the earliest Roman wall fountains, the designs of two famed Florentine sculptures, Michelangelo and Ammannati. Michelangelo’s first fountain was revealed in 1536 in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome and makes up part of the front of the Palazzo Senatorio. Some years later, a more extravagant water display was made possible with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol.

Styled on the late Cinquecento, Michelangelo built a larger basin, anticipating the development of the conduit.

The question remains as to whether the famed sculptor was the first to design wall fountains. The fountain styles found in Italy undeniably show the influence of his designs. The Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone arranged between flights of stairs on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino are further illustrations of this type of structure.

Regrettably, Michelangelo was destined to put his own brilliance aside and combine classical elements into fountains based on Roman styles. The Florentine maestro was instructed by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a unique fountain to be placed at the top of the passageway of the Belvedere in the Vatican. The famed artist was commissioned to design a marble figure of Moses striking a stone from which water streamed forth. The option of the Moses figure was dismissed, however, because of the time it would take to build it and was therefore replaced by an antique image of Cleopatra. It was considered easier to use a classic piece of art above the fountain rather than have the illustrious artist design a totally new figure.

The Many Kinds of Outdoor Fountains

Convert your garden into what you have always desired – a haven of serenity. You can benefit from a water feature by adding an outdoor fountain to your backyard and creating a place of serenity.

The stream of water sent shooting into the air by a spouting fountain is an impressive sight to see. It is feasible to have one of these fitted into an existing, large pond. You may have encountered one of these in a park or an old mansion.

Wall fountains are an great illustration of outdoor wall features. These types of fountains make excellent water features even if you only have a small garden. While spouting fountains produce an impressive effect, wall fountains are rather understated water features. In a very straightforward process, the water flows out of a spout, trickles down a magnificently textured wall only to be pumped back to the top.

Themed fountains are best when the design of your garden allows for them. Consider a classic type of statue, such as a cherub supporting a spout, for the fountain if your residence or garden is rustic in style. Consider installing something bolder and distinctive for a modern-day garden. Feel free to let your hair down and go with something fun and audacious.

The central trait of tiered fountains is the multiple levels spewing out water. Cascading fountains is another term used to identify this type of fountain because water moves down multiple levels.

Due to the fact that outdoor fountains can take up a lot of space, hang a wall fountain or a pondless fountain if the space you have is minimal. These types of water features are suitable for an area with limited space because their reservoirs are buried underground.

Include a Japanese fountain if you are looking for a sense of relaxation. Bamboo sticks serve as the tubing from which water flows in these kinds of water features. Water then flows into a container or a shaped stone, only to repeat the cycle over and over again.

Fountains made of glass are another type on the market. Providing a more classical appearance are trellis-style fountains which showcase shaped metalwork. Water features such as these are ideal for yards with many sharp corners as well as modern-day forms and designs. The water produces a stunning effect when it streams down the outside of the glass. LED lighting fixtures are also utilized in some fountains to flash color across the water as it flows down on the glass sheet. Often made of imitation rock, rock waterfall fountains have water gently trickling down its surface.

The attribute which distinguishes a bubbling rock fountain is a large rock drilled with holes where pipes can be inserted into its middle. Low pressure is used to spout out the water which then bubbles and gurgles at the top. Flowing towards the bottom of the fountain, the water comes back as a slow dribble down the sides of the rock. Small gardens are perfect for this kind of fountain. To ensure that water is not sprayed around if it begins to get windy, this kind of fountain is the best option since it only uses low pressure to move water.

Solar fountains have recently gained in appeal because they are powered by sunlight. The advantages of using this type of solar powered fountain is the lack of cables, lowered difficulty in installing them, the decrease in electric bills, and the beneficial effects they have on our environment. You will not have to concede on style since there is a wide array of designs to choose from in outdoor solar-powered fountains.


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