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The Major Characteristics of Ancient Greek Statuary

The first freestanding statuary was improved by the Archaic Greeks, a notable accomplishment since until then the only carvings in existence were reliefs cut into walls and columns. Most of these freestanding sculptures were what is known as kouros figures, statues of young, 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 firmness to their forward-facing poses; the male statues were always strapping, brawny, and naked. In about 650 BC, the variations of the kouroi became life-sized. Throughout the Archaic time, a great time of change, the Greeks were developing new sorts of government, expressions of art, and a better comprehension of people and cultures outside Greece. During this time and other times of historic tumultuousness, clashes often occurred, most notably wars fought between city-states such as the Arcadian wars and the Spartan infiltration of Samos.

Contemporary Garden Decoration: Garden Fountains and their Beginnings

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.

The primary purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to provide potable 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 flow down or shoot high into the air. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and memorialize the artist. The main materials used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create smaller depictions of the gardens of paradise. To show his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt their positions by including decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.Contemporary Garden Decoration: Garden Fountains Beginnings 646165787870.jpg

Since indoor plumbing became the standard of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely decorative. The creation of special water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

Nowadays, fountains adorn public areas and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

The History of Fountains

Hundreds of ancient Greek documents were translated into Latin under the authority of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455.History Fountains 7383106436001.jpg In order to make Rome deserving of being the capital of the Christian world, the Pope resolved to embellish the beauty of the city. Reconstruction 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 marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an imposing celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. At the behest of the Pope, architect Leon Battista Alberti began the construction of a wall fountain in the spot where we now find the Trevi Fountain. The water which eventually provided the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona flowed from the modified aqueduct which he had renovated.

Gorgeous Wall Elements

Gorgeous Wall Elements 49730448422117865.jpg Including a wall fountain as a decoration element will make a wonderful impression on your family and friends. Having a wall water feature in your daily life not only stimulates the eyes with its loveliness but also your ears with the soothing background sounds it produces. Visitors will walk away with a memorable impression of the appealing sights and relaxing sounds coming from it.

Even a living space with a modern design can be improved with a wall fountain. If you want to accentuate your modern-day decor, consider adding one made of stainless steel or glass. Is the floor space in your residence or business scarce? The best alternative for you is incorporating a wall water fountain. Since they are installed on a wall, these features do not take up valuable space. These sorts of fountains are specifically prevalent in bustling office buildings. Interior spaces are not the only places to hang a wall fountain, however. Consider using fiberglass or resin for your outside wall water feature. Use water fountains made of these weather-proof materials to liven up your garden, porch, or other outdoor space.

Wall fountains come in a number of diverse styles covering the modern to the traditional and rustic. The type most suitable for your living space depends solely on your personal design ideas. A mountain lodge might require a traditional material such as slate whereas a high rise apartment might require sleek glass to liven up the interior space. You can choose the material most suited to your needs. One thing is certain, however, fountains are elements which will no doubt dazzle your guests.