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b-047__15614.jpg The ideal feng shui fountain will go a long way towards helping you design a perfect peaceful haven. Putting in a garden or home waterfall is an easy way to make this happen. They are the perfect addition to your home. So that you can enjoy your outdoor fountain from inside the house as well, pick a good spot for it.

Do not forget to add plants, as they have an significant impact on the charm of a water fountain. Look for plant types that flourish all year long. The area will be further enhanced with small embellishments like art, a fire pit, or attractive stones.

Pick from all Types of Outdoor Fountains

Make your dream a reality by creating an oasis of tranquility in your yard. The calming feeling provided by outdoor fountains is just one of the benefits of including a water feature in your garden.

A eye-catching impact is made when a spouting fountain sends a shooting stream of water up into the air. Sizable, preexisting ponds can effortlessly be fitted with one of these. Parks and historical stately homes often have one these water features.

One of the myriad examples of an outdoor water feature is a classy wall fountain.

These kinds of fountains make great water features even if you only have a small garden. Whereas spouting fountains leave behind 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.

Your garden’s style determines whether a themed fountain is suitable for you. If your cottage or garden is styled in a rustic manner, you should consider including a classic type of statue, such as a seraph holding the spout, to your fountain. On the other hand, a more modern garden can include more of a bold design. Let your creativity run free to choose the best option.

Water flows down several levels in a tiered fountain. Water flowing down multiple levels of this water feature is the primary attribute of a cascading fountain.

The space necessary for an outdoor fountain can be vast, therefore, a better solution is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. Put in one of these fountains if your space is limited since their reservoirs are concealed from sight underground.

Japanese fountains are thought to impart a feeling of tranquility and well-being. In this type of water feature the water flows through bamboo sticks. Water then flows into a container or a shaped stone, only to repeat the cycle over and over again.

Fountains composed of glass are another type available. Featuring shaped metalwork, trellis-style fountains of this type have a more traditional aspect. Gardens with many sharp edges as well as contemporary shapes and designs are better for these types of water features. As the water flows over the surface of the glass it produces a dazzling impact. LED lights are also used 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.

Bubbling rock fountains are big stones drilled with holes which are then filled with tubes in the middle. The gurgles and bubbles at the top are the result of the low pressure used to trigger the water upwards. Flowing towards the bottom of the fountain, the water returns as a slow dribble down the sides of the rock. Little gardens are ideal for this type of fountain. The low pressure used in this sort of fountain prevents water from being splashed about in case of a windy day.

Solar fountains have recently gained in appeal because they are powered by sunlight. There are numerous reasons for this newly found interest such as the absence of cables, less difficulty in running them, a reduction in electricity bills, and the benefits to the environment. You will not have to concede on style since there is a wide array of designs to pick from in outdoor solar-powered fountains.

Michelangelo’s Roman Water Fountains

During the 16th century two famous Florentine sculptors by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed the first wall fountains in Rome. The fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, which was completed in 1536 and became part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was Michelangelo’s first creation. Built some years later, a conduit from the Aqua Felice was added which brought water into the Capitol allowing a greater water display. Michelangelo had foreseen this, however, and added a bigger basin styled on the art of the late Cinquecento.

Was the reknowned sculptor the earliest to design wall fountains? The fountain types seen in Italy definitely show the influence of his designs. The Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone set between flights of stairs on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino are further models of this type of structure.

Sadly, Michelangelo was destined to put his own talents aside and combine conventional elements into fountains based on Roman styles. The Florentine master was asked by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a distinctive 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. However, an ancient figure of Cleopatra replaced the statue of Moses because the latter would take too much time make. It was considered easier to use a classical piece of art above the fountain rather than have the illustrious artist design a totally new figure.


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