The Countless Styles of Exterior Fountains

6042_6503_art__52196.jpg Is it possible for you to convert your yard into a haven of peace? The calming feeling provided by outdoor fountains is just one of the benefits of including a water feature in your garden.

Sending a stream of water straight into the air, spouting fountains leave a dazzling impression. It is feasible to have one of these installed into an existent, ample pond. These kinds of fountains are often seen in parks or historical manor homes.

One of the myriad examples of an outdoor water feature is a classy wall fountain. These types of water features make for a fantastic addition to your yard even if it is small. Wall fountains make a subtle impression, contrary to the big impact produced by spouting fountains. In this simple process. the water which is forced out of a small opening, streams down a beautifully textured wall and is then collected at the base before being pumped back to the top.

Installing a fountain with a theme depends completely on the layout of your garden. In a rustic themed bungalow or yard, a classical styled statue for your fountain could include cherubs holding the spout.

Contemporary gardens, on the other hand, benefit from something more audacious. Let your mind run free to choose the best option.

The main characteristic of tiered fountains is the multiple levels spewing out water. Water moves down multiple tiers in a cascading fountain.

The space needed for an outdoor fountain can be considerable, therefore, a better alternative is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. Since the reservoirs required for these kinds of fountains are hidden underground, you can make the most of the room at your disposal.

Japanese fountains are thought to impart a sense of tranquility and well-being. In this style of water feature the water flows through bamboo sticks. 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.

Fountains created from glass are another type on the market. Creating a more classical appearance are trellis-style fountains which feature shaped metalwork. Water features of this type are a perfect alternative for gardens with many sharp edges along with contemporary shapes and design. A magnificent effect is created when water streams down the sheets of glass. Colorful LED lights are also included in some fountains to illuminate the water as it down down the sheet of glass. With water softly running down its surface, rock waterfall fountains, often made of fake rock, are a viable option for your garden.

The feature which distinguishes a bubbling rock fountain is a large rock drilled with holes where pipes can be inserted into its middle. In this type of fountain, water is driven upwards at low pressure to cause it to bubble and gurgle at the top. Flowing towards the base of the fountain, the water returns as a slow drizzle down the sides of the rock. This is yet another solution for gardens with limited space. This sort of fountain, which uses low pressure to move water, is perfect because it stops water from being sprayed around in breezy weather.

Powered by sunlight, solar fountains are growing to be increasingly trendy. The lack of cables, the decreased hassle in dealing with them, the lower energy bills, and the benefits to our ecosystem are just some of the reasons for this increased interest. The numerous designs in outdoor solar-powered fountains means you will not have to compromise on style.

Visit the World’s Tallest Water Features

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. The water reaches the fantastic 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 shooting 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) found next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is number three on the list. Regarded as the tallest fountain in the United States, it propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

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

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 propelling water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are working.

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. 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.

Constructed in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

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

The Virtuosity of Michelangelo’s Roman Wall Fountains

Two Florentine sculptors by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati created the earliest Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The first fountain Michelangelo created came in 1536 with the construction of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to be part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. A conduit from the Aqua Felice was built later and it carried water to the Capitol making a more lavish water effect possible. Michelangelo had anticipated this, however, and used a bigger basin styled on the art of the late Cinquecento.

Was the well-known maestro the first to design wall fountains? His designs undoubtedly affected the design of fountain which predominates throughout Italy. Additional 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.

Rather than creating fountains based on his own genius, Michelangelo was fated to integrating conventional elements into Roman-styled structures. The Florentine maestro was instructed 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 sculpture of Moses striking a stone streaming water was to be built as embellishment for the fountain. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this plan was turned down because it would take a lot of time to build and a classical statue of Cleopatra was used instead. It was thought easier to use a classical sculpture above the fountain rather than have the illustrious artist design a totally new figure.


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