Contemporary Garden Decor: Large Outdoor Water Fountains and their Beginnings

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also launch water high into the air for a noteworthy effect.

The primary purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the vicinity. Up to the late nineteenth 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. Artists thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and honor the artist responsible for building it. Roman fountains usually depicted images of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

Since indoor plumbing became the norm 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 ornamental. Impressive water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Modern-day fountains function mostly as decoration for open spaces, to honor individuals or events, and compliment entertainment and recreational gatherings.

The Father Of Roman Water Feature Design And Style

In Rome’s city center, there are countless celebrated water fountains. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the finest sculptors and artists of the 17th century designed, conceived and built virtually all of them. He was furthermore a city designer, in addition to his skills as a water feature designer, and remnants of his life's work are noticeable all through the avenues of Rome. Ultimately travelling to Rome to totally express their art, primarily in the shape of community water features, Bernini’s father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, guided his young son. The young Bernini earned praise from Popes and relevant artists alike, and was an excellent worker.Father Roman Water Feature Design Style 207025070414862650.jpg At first he was well known for his sculpting skills. Working effortlessly with Roman marble, he made use of a base of experience in the ancient Greek architecture, most obviously in the Vatican. Although a variety of artists impacted his artistic endeavors, Michelangelo affected him the most.