The Main Characteristics of Classic Greek Statues

Archaic Greeks were known for providing the first freestanding statuary; up till then, most carvings were made out of walls and pillars as reliefs. For the most part the statues, or kouros figures, were of young and attractive male or female (kore) Greeks. The kouroi were believed by the Greeks to embody beauty and were sculpted with one foot leading and an uncompromising rigidity to their forward-facing poses; the male statues were always strapping, sinewy, and unclothed. Around 650 BC, life-sized forms of the kouroi began to be seen. During the Archaic time, a great time of change, the Greeks were evolving new forms of government, expressions of art, and a deeper awareness of people and cultures outside Greece. The Arcadian conflicts, the Spartan invasion of Samos, and other wars between city-states are good examples of the kinds of battles that occurred commonly, which is consistent with other times of historical change.

Where did Garden Water Fountains Begin?

Garden Water Fountains Begin? 67544289799651.jpg A fountain, an amazing piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

Pure functionality was the original role of fountains. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to provide drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move downwards or jet high into the air. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the designer who created it. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often utilized by Romans to decorate their fountains. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. Fountains played a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries manufactured baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

Beautifying city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the purposes of modern-day fountains.

The Use of Large Outdoor Fountains As Water Features

The description of a water feature is a large element which has water flowing in or through it. There is a wide array of such features ranging something as simple as a hanging wall fountain or as elaborate as a courtyard tiered fountain. Given that they are so versatile, these decorative elements can be placed either in your backyard or inside your home.Use Large Outdoor Fountains Water Features 71251500275693133695.jpg Water elements include ponds and swimming pools as well.

Living areas such as extensive yards, yoga studios, relaxing verandas, apartment balconies, or office settings are great places to add a water feature such as a garden wall fountain. The pleasant sounds of trickling water from a fountain please the senses of sight and hearing of anyone closeby. Their noticeably satisfying form contributes to the embellishment of any space as well. Gently moving water not only leads to a feeling of peace, it also masks bothersome noises and produces a captivating water show.