Tips for Your Perfect Spot Indoors or Outdoors

One good way to create a peaceful and relaxing area is to set up a feng shui fountain. A garden or home waterfall is the ideal choice. It will undoubtedly contribute a lot to the interior and exterior of your home. The best place for your outdoor fountain is a spot where you can see it from inside too.

The most attractive water fountains include flowers and plants. su1860_7__73569.jpg Plants and flowers that come into bloom in various seasons make the ideal accompaniment. The area will be further improved with small embellishments like art, a fire pit, or interesting stones.

The Virtuosity of Michelangelo’s Roman Water Fountains

Two Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed the oldest Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The first fountain Michelangelo made came in 1536 with the building of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to be part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. Constructed some years later, a conduit from the Aqua Felice was added which carried water into the Capitol permitting a greater water display. Michelangelo, however, had predicted this which led to choice of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

Did the creation of wall fountains begin with the famed sculptor? The maestro's designs absolutely impacted the future style of fountains in Italy. More examples of this type 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 located between flights of stairs on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Sadly, Michelangelo was destined to put his own talents aside and combine traditional elements into fountains based on Roman styles. The Florentine maestro was asked by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a one-of-a-kind fountain to be placed at the top of the passage of the Belvedere in the Vatican. A marble figure of Moses striking a rock streaming water was to be built as decoration for the fountain. The option of the Moses figure was rejected, however, because of the time it would take to build it and was therefore replaced by an antique image of Cleopatra. Completing a new design by the renown sculptor was considered more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.

The First Water Garden Fountains recorded in Human History.

Villages and communities depended on functional water fountains to funnel water for preparing food, washing, and cleaning from nearby sources like ponds, streams, or springs. To generate water flow through a fountain until the end of the 1800’s, and produce a jet of water, required the force of gravity and a water source such as a creek or reservoir, located higher than the fountain. Frequently used as memorials and commemorative edifices, water fountains have impressed men and women from all over the planet throughout the centuries. If you saw the first fountains, you wouldn't identify them as fountains. A natural stone basin, crafted from rock, was the 1st fountain, utilized for containing water for drinking and religious purposes. Rock basins are theorized to have been 1st used around 2,000 BC. Early fountains used in ancient civilizations relied on gravity to control the movement of water through the fountain. These original fountains were built to be functional, usually situated along aqueducts, creeks and rivers to provide drinking water. Fountains with embellished Gods, mythological monsters, and animals began to appear in Rome in about 6 BC, crafted from stone and bronze. The people of Rome had an intricate system of aqueducts that furnished the water for the countless fountains that were located throughout the city.


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