Explore the World’s Tallest Water Features

ft_196__04593.jpg Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running water fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). The water reaches the amazing height of 260 meters (853 feet) over the Red Sea.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water jetting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. This fountain is regarded as the tallest in the U.S. with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

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

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 highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded music and shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) in height -it also has built in extreme shooters, though only used during special events, which reach 150 meters (490 feet) in height.

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

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

The Extraordinary Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

Both Christian and pagan artifacts have been found in by the load by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Found in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the acclaimed marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was not well known and located far from sight making it difficult to visit. The part of town where it was situated was forlorn and uninviting which generally kept people away.

As part of an effort to revitalize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to design a fountain. The task of laying down the church’s foundation started on August 17, 1717. Medals bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown in the foundation following the blessing of the first stone.

The Reason Behind Water Elements in Japanese Gardens

No Japanese garden is finished without a water feature. You will often find Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are thought to be symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing. Since water is the most essential element of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

Many people also choose a water fountain that features a bamboo spout. The basin, which tends to be fashioned of stones, collects the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. It should have a worn-down, weathered feel as well. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a nice add-on.

An alternative is to find a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. Over the years it begins to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss grows over the stone.

If you are fortunate enough to have a big section of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Lots of people put in a koi pond or a small stream as a final touch.

Water, nevertheless, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Lots of people choose to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in real water. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to give the illusion of a rippling brook.


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