Contemporary Garden Decor: Garden Fountains and their Roots

The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complement your home.

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to provide potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages.Contemporary Garden Decor: Garden Fountains Roots 07902631490513.jpg Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move down or shoot high into the air. Designers thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and celebrate the designer responsible for creating it. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were frequently seen on Roman fountains. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create smaller depictions of the gardens of paradise. The fountains found in the Gardens of Versailles were supposed to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains made to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

Since indoor plumbing became the standard of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Modern-day fountains function mostly as decoration for public spaces, to honor individuals or events, and enhance entertainment and recreational activities.Landscape Fountains Water Elements 442726775145718938.jpg

Landscape Fountains As Water Elements

The movement of water streaming in or through a large feature is what identifies of a water feature. The broad range of choices available vary from a simple suspended wall fountain to an elaborate courtyard tiered fountain. Known for their versatility, they can be used either inside or outside. Water elements include ponds and pools as well.

A garden wall fountain can be a beneficial water element to add to any yard, yoga studio, patio, balcony, or office space. The pleasant sounds of flowing water from this kind of feature please the senses of sight and hearing of anyone nearby. Their noticeably pleasing shape contributes to the embellishment of any space as well. The sound of water produces contentment, covers up unwelcome noises and also provides an entertaining water show.

"Old School" Garden Fountain Designers

Often serving as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and cultivated scholars all in one, from the 16th to the later part of the 18th century, fountain designers were multi-talented people, Leonardo da Vinci, a Renaissance artist, was notable as a imaginative genius, inventor and scientific virtuoso. The forces of nature inspired him to examine the qualities and motion of water, and due to his curiosity, he systematically captured his findings in his now celebrated notebooks. Ingenious water exhibits packed of symbolic meaning and all-natural charm converted private villa settings when early Italian fountain creators paired creativity with hydraulic and gardening skill. The brilliance in Tivoli were provided by the humanist Pirro Ligorio, who was renowned for his capabilities in archeology, engineering and garden design. For the many mansions near Florence, other fountain engineers were well versed in humanistic themes as well as classical scientific texts, masterminding the phenomenal water marbles, water highlights and water humor.