Water Fountain Engineers Through History

Water feature designers were multi-talented people from the 16th to the later part of the 18th century, often serving as architects, sculptors, artisans, engineers and highly educated scholars all in one person. Exemplifying the Renaissance artist as a creative master, Leonardo da Vinci toiled as an innovator and scientific expert. He methodically registered his observations in his now much celebrated notebooks about his research into the forces of nature and the properties and motion of water. Early Italian water feature engineers converted private villa settings into inventive water exhibits full of symbolic meaning and natural elegance by combining imagination with hydraulic and gardening expertise. The humanist Pirro Ligorio brought the vision behind the wonders in Tivoli and was recognized for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design. For the many lands near Florence, other water fountain developers were well versed in humanistic themes as well as classical scientific texts, masterminding the phenomenal water marbles, water highlights and water antics.

Anglo-Saxon Landscapes During the Norman Conquest

Anglo-Saxons felt incredible adjustments to their day-to-day lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. Architecture and horticulture were skills that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. But before focusing on home-life or having the occasion to contemplate domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire population.Anglo-Saxon Landscapes Norman Conquest 17433421102.jpg Because of this, castles were cruder constructions than monasteries: Monasteries were often significant stone buildings located in the biggest and most fecund valleys, while castles were erected on windy crests where their residents devoted time and space to tasks for offense and defense. Tranquil pursuits such as gardening were out of place in these destitute citadels. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is portrayed in Berkeley Castle, which is perhaps the most untouched illustration we have. The keep is said to date from the time of William the Conqueror. A spacious terrace recommended for strolling and as a way to stop enemies from mining below the walls runs about the building. On one of these terraces sits a charming bowling green: it's coated in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is created into the shape of rough ramparts.

The Positive Benefits of installing a Water Feature in Your Living Space

You can perfect your outdoor space by including a wall fountain or an outdoor garden water feature to your property or gardening project. Any number of current designers and fountain artisans have found inspiration in the fountains and water features of the past. You can also strengthen the link to the past by incorporating one of these to your home's interior design. The benefit of having a garden fountain goes beyond its beauty as it also appeals to birds and other wildlife, in addition to harmonizing the ecosystem with the water and moisture it releases into the atmosphere.Positive Benefits installing Water Feature Living Space 10091225010198.jpg Flying, bothersome insects, for instance, are scared away by the birds congregating near the fountain or birdbath.

Spouting or cascading fountains are not the best choice for a small yard since they require a great deal of space. Either a stand-alone fountain with an even back and an attached basin placed against a fence or a wall, or a wall-mounted style which is self-contained and hangs on a wall, are some of the options from which you can choose. A fountain can be added to an existing wall if you include some kind of fountain mask as well as a basin to gather the water below. The plumbing and masonry work necessary for this kind of job requires expertise, so it is best to employ a skilled person rather than go at it yourself.