The Many Styles of Outdoor Fountains

Turn your garden into what you have always wished for – an oasis of serenity. Add a sense of peace to your garden with an outdoor fountain and avail yourself of all the positive effects of a water feature.

A dramatic impact is produced when a spouting fountain sends a shooting stream of water up into the air. twf034-ld__87434.jpg It is feasible to have one of these installed into an existing, large pond. You can find these in public parks or old mansions.

Select a stylish wall fountain to put outdoors. Such water features make for a great addition to your yard even if it is small. Spouting fountains usually make quite an impact whereas wall features are more of an understated kind of water feature. In this simple process. the water which is forced out of a small opening, flows down a beautifully textured wall and is then collected at the bottom before being pushed back to the top.

Installing a fountain with a motif depends totally on the layout of your garden. A cherub grasping a spout is one of the possible types of classical-styled statues you can use if you want your fountain to fit a rustically themed cottage or garden. Modern-day gardens, on the other hand, benefit from something more adventurous. Let your mind run free to choose the best option.

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

The space needed for an outdoor fountain can be considerable, therefore, a better solution is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. The reservoirs required for these types of water features are concealed underground which helps you better use your limited space.

Add a Japanese fountain if you are looking for a sense of peace. Bamboo sticks function as the tubing from which water flows in these kinds of water features. A rustic bucket or shaped stone is positioned at the bottom of this feature to collect the flowing water only to have the cycle repeated over and over again.

Glass fountains make up another group of fountain. Featuring shaped metalwork, trellis-style fountains of this kind have a more traditional aspect. However, this style 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 top of the glass it produces a dazzling impact. In some cases, the water is colored by LED lights as it flows down the glass sheets. A rock waterfall fountain (often made of imitation rock) shows off water slowly flowing down its façade.

The characteristic which distinguishes a bubbling rock fountain is a large rock drilled with holes where pipes can be inserted into its center. In this sort of fountain, water is driven upwards at low pressure to cause it to bubble and gurgle at the top.

The water comes back gently trickling down the sides of the rock to get to its starting point. This type of fountain is perfectly suitable for small gardens. The low pressure used in this sort of fountain inhibits water from being spattered about in case of a windy day.

Solar powered fountains have become more fashionable recently since they run on sunlight. The lack of cables, the decreased difficulty in dealing with them, the lower energy bills, and the benefits to our ecosystem are just some of the reasons for this increased interest. Outdoor solar-powered fountains are available in countless different styles, therefore, you will not have to compromise on which one to buy.

Where are the Planet's Tallest Fountains?

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

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water jetting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. Regarded as the highest fountain in the United States, it propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

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

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 working.

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 next to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Once every 1/2 hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded songs while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

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

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

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Fountain Worthy of Viewing

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian artifacts in Rome have come across a wealth of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The celebrated marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was situated off the beaten track, it remained mostly obscure. It was said that there was very little to see in this area because it was abject and abandoned making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was mandated by Pope Clement XI to erect a fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an attempt to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the job to lay down the foundation of the church. Medallions bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown in the foundation following the consecration of the first rock.


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