The Demand for Water Fountains in Japanese Backyards

You will rarely see a Japanese garden that does not have a water feature. 115441-10701__37278.jpg They tend to be located right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are thought to be representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. Since water is meant to be the central point of a fountain, you will notice that the designs are kept very simple.

You will also see many fountains that have spouts crafted of bamboo. The water flows through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin underneath. Even when new, it should be crafted to look as if it has been outside for a long time. So that the fountain looks at one with nature, people normally enhance it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. As you can perhaps deduce, this fountain is symbolic rather than just decorative.

If you are searching for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain crafted of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. In time, as moss progressively covers the rocks, it starts to look even more natural-looking.

More substantial water features can be developed if there is enough open land. Think about adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

However, water does not need to be an addition in a Japanese water fountain. Other alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. The illusion of a creek with running water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.

The Roman Water Fountains of Michelangelo

The 16th century saw the construction of the most ancient Roman wall fountains, the works of two famed Florentine sculptures, Michelangelo and Ammannati. In 1536 Michelangelo’s first fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was displayed. Some years later, a more extravagant water show was made viable with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol. Michelangelo, however, had expected this which led to use of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

Did the introduction of wall fountains begin with the famous artist? His designs undoubtedly influenced the type of fountain which dominates throughout Italy. 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 examples of this type of structure.

Sadly, Michelangelo was destined to put his own brilliance aside and combine traditional elements into fountains based on Roman styles. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain constructed at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and instructed the Florentine artist to design a one-of-a-kind wall fountain. A marble statue of Moses striking a rock streaming water was to be built as embellishment for the fountain. The idea of the Moses figure was abandoned, 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 famed sculptor was considered more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.

Ways to Introduce the Positive Aspects of Feng Shui to Your Yard

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will introduce its beneficial energy into your home as well.

Size is not the primary concern when incorporating feng shui design to your yard. A huge space is great for those privileged enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Whether you are introducing feng shui design to your home or garden, the methods are the same. The first step is to figure out the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

It is also important to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to make the most of its energy.

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is important to use it. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas ideal for a water element.


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