"Primitive" Greek Artwork: Garden Statuary

Archaic Greeks were renowned for creating the first freestanding statuary; up till then, most carvings were formed out of walls and pillars as reliefs. For the most part the statues, or kouros figures, were of adolescent and attractive male or female (kore) Greeks. Representing beauty to the Greeks, the kouroi were designed to look stiff and always had foot forward; the males were vigorous, robust, and naked. Life-sized versions of the kouroi appeared beginning in 650 BC. The Archaic period was an extraordinary point of change for the Greeks as they grew into new forms of government, produced unique expressions of art, and gained knowledge of the people and cultures outside of Greece. Wars like The Arcadian wars, the Spartan invasion of Samos, and other wars among city-states are indicative of the tumultuous nature of the time, which was similar to other periods of historical upset. However, these conflicts did not significantly hinder the advancement of the Greek civilization.Landscape Fountains Begin? 076390034910305.jpg

Where did Landscape 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 drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. 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 move down or shoot high into the air. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were frequently seen on Roman fountains. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. Fountains enjoyed a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt their positions by including beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting 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.

Decorating city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the purposes of modern-day fountains.

The One Cleaning Solution to NEVER Use On Your Wall fountains

To ensure that water fountains last a long time, it is important to practice regular maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and bugs very often find their way into fountains, so it is important to keep yours free from such things. Additionally, anywhere light from the sun combines with still water, algae can develop. To prevent this, take vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or sea salt and add straight into the water. Another option is to mix bleach into the water, but this action can harm wild animals and so should really be avoided.

Experts advise that the typical garden fountain undergoes a thorough scrubbing every three-four months. The first step is to empty out all of the water. Then use a soft cloth and mild cleanser to scrub the inside. Feel free to use a toothbrush if needed for any stubborn crevasses. Any soap residue left on your fountain can damage it, so be sure it is all rinsed off.

Make sure you get rid of any calcium or plankton by taking the pump apart and scrubbing the inside thoroughly. Letting it soak in vinegar for a couple of hours first will make it much easier to clean. Neither rain water nor mineral water contain ingredients that will collect inside the pump, so use either over tap water if possible.

Finally, be sure to have a quick look at your fountain every day and add water if you notice that the level is low. Low water levels can damage the pump - and you don't want that!