Rome’s Ingenious Water Delivery Systems

Rome’s first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in 273 BC; before that, people residing at higher elevations had to rely on natural springs for their water. Outside of these aqueducts and springs, wells and rainwater-collecting cisterns were the only technologies available at the time to supply water to spots of higher elevation. Starting in the sixteenth century, a unique method was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean portions to supply water to Pincian Hill. The aqueduct’s channel was made available by pozzi, or manholes, that were situated along its length when it was first constructed. Although they were originally developed to make it possible to support the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi started using the manholes to gather water from the channel, commencing when he obtained the property in 1543.Rome’s Ingenious Water Delivery Systems 9251162603036748.jpg He didn’t get sufficient water from the cistern that he had established on his property to gather rainwater. To give himself with a much more efficient system to obtain water, he had one of the manholes opened up, providing him access to the aqueduct below his property.

Bernini's Water Fountains

There are many renowned fountains in the city center of Rome. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the finest sculptors and artists of the 17th century developed, created and constructed almost all of them.Bernini's Water Fountains 67722224099768.jpg Traces of his life's work are obvious throughout the streets of Rome because, in addition to his capabilities as a fountain builder, he was also a city builder. Eventually travelling to Rome to totally express their art, chiefly in the form of community water features, Bernini’s father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, guided his young son. An excellent employee, the young Bernini acquired praise and the backing of many popes and influential artists. His sculpture was originally his claim to popularity. An authority in historical Greek engineering, he used this knowledge as a platform and melded it seamlessly with Roman marble, most famously in the Vatican. He was affected by many great artists, however, Michelangelo had the biggest effect on his work.

Exterior Water Features Come in Lots of Forms and Sizes

Make your dream a reality by making an oasis of tranquility in your yard. You can benefit from a water feature by incorporating an outdoor fountain to your property and creating a place of tranquility.

A eye-catching impact is made when a spouting fountain sends a shooting stream of water up into the air. Large, existing ponds can have one of these built-in without much difficulty. You may have seen one of these in a park or an old mansion.Exterior Water Features Come Lots Forms Sizes 6900441898764505245.jpg

One of the many examples of an outdoor water feature is a classy wall fountain. Even with a small backyard, it is feasible to put in one of these water features. Whereas spouting fountains produce an impressive effect, wall fountains are more understated water features. In a very straightforward process, the water flows out of a spout, trickles down a beautifully textured wall only to be pumped back to the top.

Putting in a fountain with a theme depends completely on the style of your garden. If your bungalow or garden is styled in a rustic manner, you should consider including a traditional type of statue, such as a seraph holding the spout, to your fountain. think about including something bolder and distinctive for a contemporary garden. Feel free to let your hair down and go with something interesting and audacious.

The main trait of a multi-tiered fountain is that water flows from a number of different levels. Due to the water running down its multiple levels, these are also called cascading fountains.

The space needed for an outdoor fountain can be considerable, therefore, a better solution is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. Install one of these fountains if your space is limited since their reservoirs are concealed from sight underground.

If you seek a feeling of peacefulness and calmness, put in a Japanese fountain as these are thought to bring about such sensations. In this type of water feature the water passes through bamboo sticks. 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. Creating a more classical appearance are trellis-style fountains which feature shaped metalwork. However, this style of water feature is better suited to backyard gardens with many sharp corners as well as modern-day forms and design. The water produces a dazzling effect when it streams down the surface of the glass. LED lighting fixtures are also utilized in some fountains to flash color across the water as it flows down on the glass sheet. With water softly running down its surface, rock waterfall fountains, often made of fake rock, are a possible option for your garden.

A large rock drilled with openings which then has pipes inserted into it is what distinguishes a bubbling rock fountain. Low pressure is employed to push up the water which then bubbles and gurgles at the top. Flowing towards the bottom of the fountain, the water returns as a slow drizzle down the sides of the rock. This type of fountain is perfectly suited for small gardens. Water is moved at low pressure in this type of fountain, so you can be assured knowing that it will not spray all over should the wind pick up.

The trend of installing solar powered fountains is becoming progressively widespread. There are numerous reasons for this newly found interest 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 selection of designs to pick from in outdoor solar-powered fountains.