A Chronicle of Wall Fountains

Chronicle Wall Fountains 14864168234489284.jpg Hundreds of ancient Greek records were translated into Latin under the auspices of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V, who ruled the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. In order to make Rome deserving of being the capital of the Christian world, the Pope resolved to enhance the beauty of the city. Restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a ruined Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the bidding of the Pope. The ancient Roman custom of building an awe-inspiring commemorative fountain at the point where an aqueduct arrived, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by the Pope to put up a wall fountain where we now find the Trevi Fountain. Modifications and extensions, included in the repaired aqueduct, eventually supplied the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.

Choose from all Types of Outdoor Water Features

Is it possible for you to transform your yard into a haven of peace? Add a sense of tranquility to your garden with an exterior fountain and avail yourself of all the positive effects of a water feature.

The magnificence of a spouting fountain can be seen when it sends a stream of shooting water into the air.Choose Types Outdoor Water Features 995621430200686271.jpg It is possible to have one of these installed into an existing, large pond. These kinds of fountains are often seen in parks or historical stately homes.

Wall fountains are an excellent illustration of outdoor wall features. Such fountains make for a great addition to your yard even if it is small. Whereas spouting fountains leave behind an impressive effect, wall fountains are rather understated water features. In a very straightforward procedure, the water flows out of a spout, trickles down a beautifully textured wall only to be pumped back to the top.

Dependent on the style you have chosen for the garden, you could contemplate a themed fountain. If your cottage or garden is styled in a rustic manner, you should think about adding a traditional type of statue, such as a seraph holding the spout, to your fountain. Modern-day gardens, on the other hand, benefit from something more adventurous. Choosing what to do is completely in your hands.

The primary attribute of a multi-tiered fountain is that water flows from a number of different levels. Water flows down numerous tiers in a cascading fountain.

The space necessary for an outdoor fountain can be extensive, therefore, a better solution is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. Put in one of these fountains if your space is limited since their reservoirs are hidden from sight below ground.

Add a Japanese fountain if you are looking for a sense of peace. The water moves through bamboo sticks in this type of water feature. A rustic bucket or shaped stone is positioned at the bottom of this feature to collect the flowing water only to have the cycle repeated over and over again.

One of the many styles of fountain available is the glass fountain. Featuring shaped metalwork, trellis-style fountains of this type have a more traditional aspect. Water features such as these are ideal for gardens with many sharp corners as well as modern forms and designs. The water produces a dazzling effect when it runs down the outside of the glass. Colorful LED lights are also included in some fountains to illuminate the water as it down down the sheet of glass. A rock waterfall fountain (often made of imitation rock) shows off water softly flowing down its façade.

The characteristic which differentiates a bubbling rock fountain is a large rock drilled with holes where pipes can be inserted into its middle. The bubbling and gurgling at the topmost part of this type of fountain are brought on by the water being thrust upward at low pressure. The water comes back gently trickling down the sides of the rock to reach its starting point. This is yet another possibility for gardens with restricted space. The low pressure used in this sort of fountain hinders water from being spattered about in case of a windy day.

Solar fountains have recently gained in popularity because they are powered by sunlight. There are numerous reasons for this newly found appeal such as the absence of cables, less difficulty in running them, a reduction in electricity bills, and the advantages to the environment. You will not have to concede on style since there is a wide range of designs to pick from in outdoor solar-powered fountains.Wall Fountain Suit Decor 725090215623420876.jpg

A Wall Fountain to Suit Your Decor

A small patio or a courtyard is a great place to put your wall fountain when you need peace and quiet. Even a little space can contain a custom-built one. The necessary elements include a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump regardless of whether it is freestanding or secured. There are any variety of models to pick from such as traditional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.

Freestanding wall fountains, otherwise known as floor fountains, are considerably big and feature a basin on the ground.

A stand-alone water feature can either be integrated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. This style of fountain adds to a cohesive look making it seem as if it was part of the landscape rather than an added feature.Outdoor Public Fountains Recorded History 87195867270478985754.jpg

Outdoor Public Fountains Recorded by History

As originally conceived, fountains were designed to be practical, directing water from streams or reservoirs to the residents of cities and settlements, where the water could be utilized for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. Gravity was the power source of water fountains up until the close of the 19th century, using the potent power of water traveling downhill from a spring or creek to force the water through spigots or other outlets. Commonly used as monuments and commemorative edifices, water fountains have inspired people from all over the globe throughout the centuries. If you saw the earliest fountains, you would not identify them as fountains. Simple stone basins sculpted from nearby stone were the very first fountains, used for religious purposes and drinking water. 2,000 B.C. is when the oldest identified stone fountain basins were used. Gravity was the energy source that operated the initial water fountains. The location of the fountains was driven by the water source, which is why you’ll commonly find them along aqueducts, waterways, or rivers. The people of Rome began creating decorative fountains in 6 B.C., most of which were metallic or stone masks of animals and mythological heroes. A well-designed collection of reservoirs and aqueducts kept Rome's public water fountains supplied with fresh water.

The Godfather Of Roman Public Fountains

There are many celebrated water features in Rome’s city center.Godfather Roman Public Fountains 96776958833437710192.jpg One of the greatest sculptors and artists of the 17th century, Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed, conceptualized and constructed almost all of them. His skills as a fountain developer and also as a city architect, are visible all through the streets 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. The young Bernini received compliments from Popes and influential artists alike, and was an diligent employee. At the start he was celebrated for his sculptural skills. An authority in classic Greek engineering, he utilized this knowledge as a starting point and melded it seamlessly with Roman marble, most remarkably in the Vatican. He was influenced by many great artists, however, Michelangelo had the biggest effect on his work.