Public Water Fountains Lost to History

Villages and communities depended on working water fountains to channel water for preparing food, washing, and cleaning from nearby sources like ponds, channels, or creeks. In the days before electricity, the spray of fountains was powered by gravity exclusively, usually using an aqueduct or water resource located far away in the nearby mountains. Fountains spanning history have been developed as monuments, impressing hometown citizens and tourists alike. Simple in design, the very first water fountains didn't appear much like contemporary fountains. Designed for drinking water and ceremonial purposes, the very first fountains were basic carved stone basins. fcl123__82880.jpg 2,000 BC is when the oldest known stone fountain basins were actually used. The force of gravity was the energy source that controlled the oldest water fountains. Drinking water was supplied by public fountains, long before fountains became elaborate public statues, as beautiful as they are functional. The people of Rome began building ornate fountains in 6 B.C., most of which were metallic or stone masks of animals and mythological representations. The Romans had an intricate system of aqueducts that supplied the water for the many fountains that were placed throughout the city.

Visit the World’s Tallest Water Features

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the leading continuously- running water fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). It spouts out water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Coming in 2nd is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this water fountain is the tallest in the United States.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which rockets water 190 meters (620 feet) into the heavens.

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 functioning.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and propels 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.

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, completed in 1970, launching water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Improve Your Garden with the Help of Feng Shui

Introducing feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

When adding feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small area works. If you have a lavish, eye-catching one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

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

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

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should include in the northeast part of your garden because that part of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. A Zen garden with some lovely natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

A water element is a perfect addition to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).


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