Modern Garden Decoration: Large Outdoor Water Fountains and their Roots

The amazing or decorative effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as supplying drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. Residents of urban areas, 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 connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow down or shoot high into the air. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the designer who created it. Roman fountains often depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were supposed 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 made to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

The end of the nineteenth century saw the rise in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. The introduction of unique water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to adorn public spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

The Various Construction Materials of Outdoor Fountains

Most modern garden fountains come in metal, although various other types exist. Metallic versions offer clean lines and unique sculptural accents and can accommodate nearly any decorative style and budget. Your landscaping should complement the style of your home.

Today, many people choose copper for their sculptural garden fountains. Copper is trendy for both inside and outside use and is frequently found in tabletop and cascade fountains, among others. Another advantage of copper fountains is they are versatile and come in a wide range of styles.

Also popular, brass fountains typically have a more old-fashioned appearance to them versus their copper counterpart. Brass fountains are often designed with unique artwork, so they are popular even if they are a bit conventional.

Of all the metals, stainless steel is viewed as the most contemporary-looking. Adding a modern-looking steel design will immediately add value to your garden and elevate the overall ambiance. Just like other water features, they come in an array of sizes.

Fiberglass is a widely used material for fountains because you can get the look and feel of metal at a much lower price, and it is lightweight and easier to move than metal. Caring for a fiberglass water fountain is relatively easy, another benefit that consumers love.