"Old School" Garden Fountain Designers

Multi-talented people, fountain artists from the 16th to the late 18th century often worked as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and highly educated scholars all in one person. During the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci exemplified the creator as an innovative master, inventor and scientific virtuoso. He carefully annotated his findings in his now much celebrated notebooks about his investigations into the forces of nature and the attributes and motion of water. Modifying private villa configurations into amazing water displays complete of symbolic significance and natural beauty, early Italian water fountain engineers fused resourcefulness with hydraulic and horticultural abilities. The humanist Pirro Ligorio, distinguished for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design, provided the vision behind the splendors in Tivoli. For the many mansions in the vicinity of Florence, other fountain developers were well versed in humanist subjects as well as classical scientific texts, masterminding the incredible water marbles, water attributes and water jokes.

Keep Your Wall Water Fountain Tidy

Proper care and regular maintenance are important to the longevity of water fountains.Keep Wall Water Fountain Tidy 96364875606641.jpg It is easy for foreign items to find their way into open-air fountains, so keeping it clean is important. Another factor is that water that is subjected to sunlight is susceptible to growing algae. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be dissolved into the water to prevent this problem. There are those who like to use bleach, but that is harmful to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

A thorough cleaning every three-four months is recommended for garden fountains. The initial step is to empty out all of the water. When you have done this, scrub inside the water reservoir with a gentle detergent. Feel free to use a toothbrush if helpful for any tiny crevasses. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the interior of the fountain to make sure all the soap is gone.

Make sure you get rid of any calcium or plankton by taking the pump apart and scrubbing the inside carefully. To make it less difficult, soak it in vinegar overnight before cleaning. If you want to eliminate build-up in your fountain, use rain water or mineral water rather than tap water, as these don’t contain any ingredients that will stick to the inside of the pump.

And finally, make sure the water level is always full in order to keep your fountain working optimally. Permitting the water level to get too low can cause damage to the pump - and you certainly do not want that!

The First Contemporary Wall Fountains

The translation of hundreds of classic Greek documents into Latin was commissioned by the learned Pope Nicholas V who ruled the Church in Rome from 1397 until 1455. In order to make Rome deserving of being the capital of the Christian world, the Pope decided to enhance the beauty of the city. Restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a ruined Roman aqueduct which had carried clean 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 resurrected by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by the Pope to construct a wall fountain where we now find the Trevi Fountain. The water which eventually provided the Trevi Fountain as well as the acclaimed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona came from the modified aqueduct which he had renovated.Anglo-Saxon Landscapes Norman Conquest 4118323516491090309.jpg

Anglo-Saxon Landscapes During the Norman Conquest

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was drastically changed by the appearance of the Normans in the later eleventh century. The Normans were better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the entire population. Castles were more basic designs and often constructed on blustery hills, where their tenants devoted both time and space to exercising offense and defense, while monasteries were large stone buildings, regularly located in the widest, most fruitful hollows. The bare fortresses did not provide for the calm avocation of gardening. The purest example of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. It is said that the keep was introduced during William the Conqueror's time. A spacious terrace intended for walking and as a means to stop attackers from mining under the walls runs about the building. A scenic bowling green, covered in grass and enclosed by battlements clipped out of an ancient yew hedge, forms one of the terraces.