Why Add Windchimes to Your Yard?

Go for wind chimes that are basic in design in order to prevent any disparity in decor styles. It is important to place them anywhere they blend in effortlessly. Select wind chimes that make a pleasant sound and do not get stuck solely on their visual appeal. 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. Hanging your chimes at different heights is important when creating your very own wind chime garden. ba_10200_1__10337.jpg One example is to spot your wind chimes on a terrace, another set in a small tree line and yet another around your flowers. The sound produced each time the wind blows will ring throughout your backyard. If the look of the wind chimes is important to you, contemplate installing them in your eyeline where they will mirror the sun at dawn and sunset. Wind chime gardens designed of aluminum match well with stone decor, coursing water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.

Add the Energy of Feng Shui into Your Backyard

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

Do not be concerned if your garden is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. If you have a lush, beautiful one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design.

The principal feng shui tools can be used for your home decor as well as your garden design. In order to learn the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to understand your home’s bagua.

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

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is essential to incorporate it. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

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

The Virtuosity of Michelangelo’s Roman Wall Fountains

Two Florentine sculptors by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed the first Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. 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. A number of years later, a more extravagant water display was made feasible with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol. Anticipating this, Michelangelo had added a more sizable basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

Was the well-known maestro the first to design wall fountains? The sculptor’s designs absolutely shaped the future style of fountains in Italy. Today, this structural style is found at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone arranged among the stairs on the primary axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Michelangelo’s great talent was put aside because he was compelled to design fountains uniting classical elements and a Roman style. A brand-new fountain at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican was commissioned by Julius III (1550-1555) and it fell to the talented artist to create an archetypal structure. A marble Moses striking the rock from which water flowed was to decorate the fountain. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this idea was turned down because it would take a lot of time to build and a classical statue of Cleopatra was used instead. A design by the well-known artist was thought to be too time-consuming, therefore, an ancient sculpture placed above the fountain seemed to be a better choice.


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