Wind Chimes: Ideal for the Yard

twf038-ei__38714.jpg Basic wind chimes function better than more complex ones so as to not create imbalance in decor styles. The main goal is for them to fit in easily anywhere they are positioned. Choose wind chimes that produce a beautiful sound and do not get stuck solely on their visual appeal. Often times, the more creative types of wind chimes are not made to produce a pure sound quality, whereas those made of simple aluminum can create this flawless sound. When designing your wind chime garden, consider installing them at various heights. For instance, setting up your wind chimes on a sundeck, in a small line of trees, or amidst flowers can create a beautiful outdoor environment. The sound produced every time the wind blows will ring throughout your yard. If the aesthetic side to your wind chimes is important to you, be sure to display them in your line of vision. so you can appreciate the reflection of the rising and setting of the sun. Aluminum wind chime gardens fit in well with flowing water (such as waterfalls or birdbaths), stone decors and evergreens.

How Feng Shui Turn Your Backyard into Place to Relax

Enjoy the health benefits of feng shui by introducing its design elements into your yard.

As far as the size of your garden goes, it is not particularly important when incorporating feng shui design to it. A sizeable space is great for those lucky 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 approaches are the same. In order to understand the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first want to understand your home’s bagua.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is important to start by knowing how to strengthen each of its five elements.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal growth energy. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a peaceful 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 perfect for a water element.

The Roman Water Fountains of Michelangelo

Michelangelo and Ammannati, two renowned Florentine artists, crafted the first Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The first fountain Michelangelo designed came in 1536 with the construction of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to make part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. The development of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more beautiful water display, was included years later. Michelangelo, however, had predicted this which led to addition of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

The question remains as to whether the famed sculptor was the first to design wall fountains. The fountain styles found in Italy certainly show the influence of his designs. The Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone arranged between flights of stairs on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino are further examples of this type of structure.

It seemed to be Michelangelo’s destiny to combine classic Roman attributes into his fountains instead of using his own tremendous talents to design original pieces. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain built at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and commissioned the Florentine artist to design a special wall fountain. The famed artist was asked to design a marble figure of Moses striking a stone from which water streamed forth. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this plan was turned down because it would take a lot of time to build and a traditional 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 choice.


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