Attributes of Outdoor Statuary in Archaic Greece

Attributes Outdoor Statuary Archaic Greece 96882080925532077950.jpg Archaic Greeks were renowned for developing the first freestanding statuary; up till then, most carvings were formed out of walls and pillars as reliefs. Most of these freestanding sculptures were what is known as kouros figures, statues of young, attractive male or female (kore) Greeks. Regarded as by Greeks to represent beauty, the kouroi were shaped into rigid, forward facing poses with one foot outstretched, and the male statues were always nude, well-built, and athletic. Around 650 BC, life-size models of the kouroi began to be seen. A significant period of improvement for the Greeks, the Archaic period introduced about more forms of government, expressions of artwork, and a higher appreciation of people and cultures outside of Greece. Throughout this time and other durations of historical tumult, encounters often occurred, among them battles fought between city-states such as the Arcadian wars and the Spartan invasion of Samos.

Your Patio: The Perfect Place for a Wall Fountain

Patio: Perfect Place Wall Fountain 098699244320323.jpg The addition of a wall water feature or an outdoor garden fountain is a great way to embellish your yard or garden design. Modern-day designers and fountain builders alike use historic fountains and water features to shape their creations. You can also reinforce the link to the past by adding one of these to your home's interior design. The advantage of having a garden fountain goes beyond its beauty as it also attracts birds and other wildlife, in addition to harmonizing the ecosystem with the water and moisture it releases into the atmosphere. For example, birds lured by a fountain or birdbath can be helpful because they fend off irritating flying insects.

Putting in a wall fountain is your best solution for a little garden because a spouting or cascading fountain takes up too much space. Two possibilities to pick from include either a freestanding type with an even back set against a fence or wall in your backyard, or a wall-mounted, self-contained type which hangs on a wall. A fountain can be added to an existing wall if you include some kind of fountain mask as well as a basin to collect the water below. It is best not to undertake this job yourself as professional plumbers and masons are best suited to do this kind of work.

The Beginnings of Contemporary Wall Fountains

Pope Nicholas V, himself a well educated man, reigned the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of old classical Greek texts into Latin. In order to make Rome worthy of being the capital of the Christian world, the Pope decided to embellish the beauty of the city.Beginnings Contemporary Wall Fountains 3784216896716026694.jpg Restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a desolate Roman aqueduct which had transported clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the behest of the Pope. The historical Roman custom of marking the entry point of an aqueduct with an magnificent celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The present-day site of the Trevi Fountain was once occupied by a wall fountain commissioned by the Pope and constructed by the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains found in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona were eventually supplied with water from the modified aqueduct he had reconstructed.

Landscape Elegance: Wall fountains

Nowadays you can just place your garden water fountain near a wall since they no longer need to be connected to a pond. Due to the myriad options available, it no longer necessary to deal with excavations, difficult installations or cleaning the pond. Since this feature is self-contained, no plumbing is needed. All the same, water has to be added consistently. Your pond should always contain fresh water, so be sure to empty the basin anytime it gets grimy.

Any number of materials can be utilized to build garden wall fountains, but stone and metal are the most practical. You must know the style you are shooting for in order to select the best suited material.Landscape Elegance: Wall fountains 95616019191.jpg It is important to purchase hand-crafted, lightweight garden wall fountains which are also simple to hang. The water feature you choose needs to be simple to maintain as well. Generally, most installations are straight forward since the only parts which may require scrutiny are the re-circulating pump and the hanging hardware whereas other kinds of setups can be a little more difficult. Little effort is needed to enliven your garden with these types of water features.