Big Water Fountains Across the World

115439_5505__62067.jpg The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. The water reaches the astonishing height of 260 meters (853 feet) over the Red Sea.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in second with water heights of 202 meters (663 feet).

Located next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is 3rd placed Gateway Geyser (1995). It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

With water ejected 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes the list.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps operate at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to tallest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. Once every half hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded musical themes while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Jetting water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in 7th.

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

The Genius of Michelangelo’s Roman Wall Fountains

During the 16th century two celebrated Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati built the first wall features in Rome. The fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, which was finished in 1536 and became part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was Michelangelo’s first design. Some years later, a more extravagant water exhibit was made feasible with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol. Michelangelo had anticipated this, however, and built a bigger basin styled on the art of the late Cinquecento.

Did the creation of wall fountains begin with the famous artist? The maestro's designs absolutely influenced the future style of fountains in Italy. Additional examples of this type 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 located between flights of stairs on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino.

It seemed to be Michelangelo’s predestination to combine classic Roman attributes into his fountains instead of using his own considerable talents to design original pieces. An original wall fountain for the top of the passageway of the Belvedere in the Vatican was commissioned to the famed artist by Julius III (1550-1555). The fountain was to be decorated with a marble sculpture of Moses striking a stone from which water flowed. However, an ancient sculpture of Cleopatra replaced the statue of Moses because the latter would take too much time make.

Completing a new design by the celebrated sculptor was thought to be more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.

How Feng Shui Turn Your Backyard into Place to Relax

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

When introducing feng shui design into your yard, even a very small area works. Of course, a large area is ideal if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

The same tools you employ to introduce feng shui design into your house can be used in the garden. The initial task is to know the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

Before getting started, make sure you understand the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be integrated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal development energy. This could be the ideal place to put a meditative Zen garden with some attractive stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Give some thought to introducing a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).


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