Where did Large Garden Fountains Begin?

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.Large Garden Fountains Begin? 3577925268416907215.jpg

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Residents of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains had to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up until the 19th century, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water supply, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. The fountains found in the Gardens of Versailles were meant to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains built to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Contemporary fountains are used to embellish community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.

Garden Fountain Designers Through History

Often working as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and discerning scholars, all in one, fountain creators were multi-talented individuals from the 16th to the late 18th century. Exemplifying the Renaissance artist as a creative genius, Leonardo da Vinci performed as an innovator and scientific expert.Garden Fountain Designers History 1515967994572.jpg He systematically documented his examinations in his now much celebrated notebooks about his studies into the forces of nature and the attributes and motion of water. Coupling inventiveness with hydraulic and horticultural mastery, early Italian fountain creators modified private villa settings into brilliant water exhibits loaded with emblematic implications and natural charm. The humanist Pirro Ligorio, distinguished for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design, delivered the vision behind the wonders in Tivoli. Other fountain developers, masterminding the phenomenal water marbles, water features and water jokes for the various properties in the vicinity of Florence, were tried and tested in humanistic themes and traditional scientific texts.

Exterior Wall Fountains: The Many Designs on the Market

Wall fountains are well suited to little verandas or yards because they do not take up too much space while also adding a touch of flair and providing a great place to find peace and quiet. The myriad of styles in outdoor wall fountains, including traditional, classic, contemporary, or Asian, means that you can find the one best suited to your wishes. Your tastes determine the type you buy so while there may not be a prefabricated fountain to suit you, you do have the option of having a custom made one.

The two types of water features available to you are mounted and freestanding models. You can install a mounted wall fountain because they are little and self-contained. Fountains of this type need to be light, therefore, they are usually fabricated from resin (resembling stone) or fiberglass. Floor fountains are freestanding, large, and also have a basin on the ground as well as a flat side against the wall. Normally made of cast stone, these water features have no weight restrictions.

Landscape designers often propose a individualized fountain for a brand new or existing wall. Placing the basin against the wall and installing all the plumbing work requires a expert mason to do it right. It is also essential to add a spout or fountain mask to build it into the wall. Customized wall fountains contribute to a unified look because they become part of the scenery rather than look like a later addition.