The History of Fountains

The translation of hundreds of classic Greek texts into Latin was commissioned by the learned Pope Nicholas V who led the Church in Rome from 1397 until 1455. It was important for him to embellish the city of Rome to make it worthy of being called the capital of the Christian world.History Fountains 2479072229404673.jpg In 1453 the Pope instigated the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an historic Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. A mostra, a monumental commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to mark the point of entry of an aqueduct, was a practice which was restored by Nicholas V. At the bidding 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 Trevi Fountain as well as the well-known baroque fountains found in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona were eventually supplied with water from the modified aqueduct he had reconstructed.

Your Garden: The Perfect Spot for a Wall Fountain

The inclusion of a wall fountain or an outdoor garden fountain is an excellent way to adorn your yard or garden design. A myriad of current designers and fountain artisans have found inspiration in the fountains and water features of the past. As such, integrating one of these to your interior is a superb way to connect it to the past. The water and moisture garden fountains release into the atmosphere draws birds and other creatures, and also balances the ecosystem, all of which contribute to the benefits of including one of these beautiful water features. Birds enticed by a fountain or bird bath often frighten off irksome flying pests, for instance.Garden: Perfect Spot Wall Fountain 75800617194.jpg

The space necessary for a cascading or spouting fountain is considerable, so a wall fountain is the ideal size for a small yard. You can choose to install a stand-alone fountain with a flat back and an attached basin propped against a fence or wall in your backyard, or a wall-mounted type which is self-contained and hung from a wall. A fountain can be added to an existing wall if you include some kind of fountain mask as well as a basin to collect the water below. Since the plumbing and masonry work is substantial to complete this type of job, you should employ a professional to do it rather than try to do it alone.Original Fountain Designers 75800617194.jpg

The Original Fountain Designers

Multi-talented people, fountain artists from the 16th to the late 18th century often worked as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and cultivated scholars all in one person. Leonardo da Vinci as a innovative master, inventor and scientific virtuoso exemplified this Renaissance master. He systematically noted his experiences in his now renowned notebooks, after his mind boggling fascination in the forces of nature guided him to explore the properties and motion of water. Remodeling private villa configurations into ingenious water displays full with symbolic meaning and natural wonder, early Italian water feature creators paired curiosity with hydraulic and gardening abilities. The brilliance in Tivoli were developed by the humanist Pirro Ligorio, who was celebrated for his capabilities in archeology, engineering and garden design. Masterminding the extraordinary water marbles, water attributes and water pranks for the various estates in the vicinity of Florence, other water fountain designers were well versed in humanist subjects as well as classical scientific texts.