Historic Crete & The Minoans: Water Fountains

During archaeological digs on the island of Crete, a variety of sorts of conduits have been found.Historic Crete & Minoans: Water Fountains 846765481475.jpg They were used for water supply as well as removal of storm water and wastewater. The main components used were rock or clay. Whenever made from clay, they were generally in the form of canals and round or rectangular conduits. Amidst these were terracotta conduits which were U-shaped or a shorter, cone-like shape which have only showed up in Minoan society. Knossos Palace had a state-of-the-art plumbing system made of clay piping which ran up to three meters under ground. The pipelines also had other functions such as gathering water and diverting it to a primary place for storing. This required the clay conduits to be suitable for holding water without leaking. Underground Water Transportation: Initially this particular technique seems to have been created not for ease but to provide water for certain people or rites without it being spotted. Quality Water Transportation: Given the evidence, a number of scholars propose that these pipes were not attached to the popular water distribution system, providing the palace with water from a distinctive source.

Modern Garden Decor: Fountains and their Beginnings

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to supply drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

Pure practicality was the original purpose of fountains. Residents of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains had to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up until the 19th century, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water supply, including aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Designers thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and honor the artist responsible for creating it. Roman fountains often depicted images of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. To demonstrate his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the building of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

Since indoor plumbing became the norm 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 decorative. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

Nowadays, fountains decorate public spaces and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.Advantages Installing Indoor Wall Water Fountain 561469311681052886.jpg

The Advantages of Installing an Indoor Wall Water Fountain

Your interior living space can profit from an interior wall fountain because it embellishes your home and also lends it a contemporary feel. Your home or office can become noise-free, worry-free and peaceful areas for your family, friends, and clients when you have one of these fountains. Your employees and clients alike will take notice and complement your new indoor wall water feature. Your interior water feature will undoubtedly capture the interest of all those in its vicinity, and stymie even your most demanding critic as well.

Your wall feature guarantees you a pleasant evening after a long day’s work and help create a quiet place where can enjoy watching your favorite sporting event. Indoor fountains produce harmonious sounds which are thought to emit negative ions, clear away dust as well as pollen, all while producing a comforting and relaxing setting.

Aqueducts: The Solution to Rome's Water Troubles

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct assembled in Rome, began providing the individuals living in the hills with water in 273 BC, though they had counted on natural springs up till then. If people living at higher elevations did not have access to springs or the aqueduct, they’d have to depend on the remaining existing systems of the time, cisterns that collected rainwater from the sky and subterranean wells that received the water from below ground. Beginning in the sixteenth century, a unique system was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean portions to provide water to Pincian Hill. Through its initial building and construction, pozzi (or manholes) were situated at set intervals along the aqueduct’s channel. Whilst these manholes were developed to make it much easier to protect the aqueduct, it was also possible to use buckets to remove water from the channel, which was utilized by Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi from the time he purchased the property in 1543 to his death in 1552. The cistern he had built to gather rainwater wasn’t satisfactory to meet his water demands. Via an opening to the aqueduct that ran below his property, he was in a position to reach his water needs.

What Are Wall fountains Made From?

Garden fountains nowadays are mostly made from metal, though you can find them in other materials too. Metals tend to produce clean lines and unique sculptural accents and can fit almost any design theme or budget. The interior design of your residence should set the look and feel of your yard and garden as well.

A prevalent choice today is copper, and it is used in the making 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 versatile enough that you can select a range of styles for your fountain, from contemporary to whimsical.

If your style is more conventional, a brass water fountain might be perfect for you. Even though they are a bit old-fashioned, brass fountains are quite common because they often incorporate interesting artwork.

Probably the most contemporary of all metals is stainless steel. If you choose a cutting-edge steel design, both the value and tranquility of your garden will get a nice bump. As with all fountains, you can find any size you need.

Fiberglass is a popular material for fountains because you can get the look and feel of metal at a much lower price, and it is lightweight and easier to move than metal. The upkeep of fiberglass water fountains is quite simple, so they have many merits that people appreciate.