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Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Water Features

There are numerous celebrated water fountains in the city center of Rome. One of the most distinguished sculptors and artists of the 17th century, virtually all of them were planned, conceived and constructed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. He was also a city designer, in addition to his expertise as a water feature developer, and traces of his life's work are noticeable all through the avenues of Rome. Bernini's father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they ultimately moved to Rome, in order to fully express their art, primarily in the form of public water fountains and water features. An exceptional workman, Bernin received encouragement and the patronage of popes and important artists. He was initially celebrated for his sculpture. An authority in ancient Greek architecture, he utilized this knowledge as a starting point and melded it flawlessly with Roman marble, most remarkably in the Vatican. Although many artists had an influence on his work, Michelangelo had the most profound effect.Source Modern Fountains 68919474989720456010.jpg

The Source of Modern Fountains

Hundreds of classic Greek documents were translated into Latin under the authority of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V, who ruled the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. Embellishing Rome and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the core of his objectives. In 1453 the Pope instigated the reconstruction of the Aqua Vergine, an historic Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Building a mostra, an imposing commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the entry point of an aqueduct, was a tradition revived by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the area previously filled with a wall fountain crafted by Leon Battista Albert, an architect commissioned by the Pope. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

What Are Large Garden Fountains Crafted From?

Although they come in various materials, today’s garden fountains tend to be made of metal. Metals tend to create clean lines and unique sculptural accents and can fit almost any style or budget. If you have a modern-day look and feel to your interior design, your yard and garden should have that same look.

A popular choice today is copper, and it is used in the designing of many sculptural garden fountains. Copper is popular for both inside and outside use and is widely found in tabletop and cascade fountains, among others. Copper is also flexible enough that you can pick a range of styles for your fountain, from contemporary to whimsical.Large Garden Fountains Crafted From? 2196598418588.jpg

If you are drawn to more classic-looking water fountains, brass is probably what you want. Even though they are a bit old-fashioned, brass fountains are quite common because they often incorporate interesting artwork.

Perhaps the most cutting-edge of all metals is stainless steel. A modern steel design will quickly boost the value of your garden as well as the feeling of serenity. As with any type of fountain, they are available in numerous sizes.

Fiberglass fountains are well liked because they look similar to metal but are more affordable and much less cumbersome to move around. It is not complicated to clean and maintain a fiberglass water fountain, yet another reason they are trendy.