Water Fountains: A Must Have in any Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens usually include a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are viewed as symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. Since water is meant to be the central point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Bamboo is a widely accepted material to use for spouts and therefore often incorporated into water fountains. p-738__60317.jpg Underneath the bamboo spout is typically a stone basin which receives the water as it flows down from the spout. It should have a worn-down, weathered look and feel as well. It is vital that the overall look of the fountain fits in with the natural environment, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. To the owner of the fountain, it clearly is more than just attractive decoration.

For something a bit more one-of-a-kind, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then decorate it imaginatively with live bamboo and other natural elements. In time, as moss slowly covers the rocks, it becomes even more natural-looking.

If you are lucky enough to have a big piece of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Nice add-ons include a babbling stream or tiny pool with koi in it.

There are alternative alternatives if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. It is appropriate to use representations of water instead of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. Natural rocks that are flat and laid out tightly together can be used to produce the illusion of flowing water.

The Roman Wall Fountains of Michelangelo

Two Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed the earliest Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. 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.

The construction of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more impressive water display, was included years later. Styled on the late Cinquecento, Michelangelo built a larger basin, anticipating the building of the conduit.

Was the famed artist the mastermind of the wall fountain? The sculptor’s designs definitely shaped the future style of fountains in Italy. The styles found at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone, set between the stairway on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino, represent other examples of this style.

Sadly, Michelangelo was destined to put his own talents aside and combine classical elements into fountains based on Roman styles. An original wall fountain for the top of the corridor of the Belvedere in the Vatican was commissioned to the famed artist by Julius III (1550-1555). The fountain was to be adorned with a marble sculpture of Moses hitting a stone from which water flowed. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this idea was turned down because it would take a lot of time to build and a classic statue of Cleopatra was used instead. A design by the well-known artist was thought to be too time-consuming, therefore, an ancient figure placed above the fountain seemed to be a better alternative.

Choosing Wind Bells and Chimes for Your Backyard

Basic wind chimes work better than more complex ones so as to not create imbalance in decor styles. This way they will blend in perfectly wherever they are placed. And remember, the importance of sound is greater than the visual when it comes to wind chimes. In fact, many of the more decorative types of wind chimes are not made in such a way that allows for the same pristine sound quality as those of a simple aluminum design. When creating your wind chime garden, chimes can be installed at various heights. For example, place a set of wind chimes up on a deck, one in a smaller tree line and another among your flowers. The sound will dance with depth across your garden each time a breeze blows through. If the aesthetic side to your wind chimes is significant to you, be sure to hang them in your line of vision. so you can delight in the reflection of the rising and setting of the sun. Stone decor, running water (including waterfalls or a birdbaths) and evergreens go well with aluminum wind chime gardens.


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