The Godfather Of Rome's Water Features

There are many renowned water features in the city center of Rome. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the finest sculptors and artists of the 17th century designed, created and produced almost all of them. Marks of his life's efforts are apparent throughout the streets of Rome because, in addition to his skills as a water feature creator, he was also a city architect. A celebrated Florentine sculptor, Bernini's father guided his young son, and they eventually went to Rome to totally showcase their artwork, mainly in the form of community water features and water features.Godfather Rome's Water Features 2479072229404673.jpg An exceptional worker, Bernin received praise and the patronage of popes and important painters. At the beginning he was recognized for his sculptural skills. Working gracefully with Roman marble, he made use of a base of expertise in the classic Greek architecture, most especially in the Vatican. He was affected by many a great artists, however, Michelangelo had the biggest impact on his work.

Where did Landscape Fountains Come From?

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.Landscape Fountains Come From? 14774576666905.jpg

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water supply, including aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Designers thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and celebrate the designer responsible for building it. The main materials used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. Fountains played a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. 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 entered the city of Rome

The end of the nineteenth century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by replacing the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

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

Your Outdoor Living Area: The Perfect Spot for a Garden Fountain

Outdoor Living Area: Perfect Spot Garden Fountain 14774576666905.jpg A great way to enhance the appearance of your outdoor living area is to add a wall fountain or an exterior garden fountain to your landscaping or garden design. Many modern designers and craftsmen have been influenced by historical fountains and water features. As such, the effect of integrating one of these to your home decor bridges it to past times. In addition to the positive attributes of garden fountains, they also produce water and moisture which goes into the air, thereby, drawing in birds as well as other creatures and harmonizing the environment. Flying, irritating insects, for instance, are frightened off by the birds congregating near the fountain or birdbath.

Wall fountains are a good choice if your yard is small because they do not require much space in contrast to a spouting or cascading fountain. Two possibilities to pick from include either a freestanding type with an even back set against a fence or wall in your backyard, or a wall-mounted, self-contained type which is suspended on a wall. A water feature can be added to an existing wall if you include some type of fountain mask as well as a basin to gather the water below. Be sure to work with a professional for this type of job since it is better not to do it yourself due to the intricate plumbing and masonry work required.

The Source of Today's Outdoor Water Fountains

The translation of hundreds of classical Greek documents into Latin was commissioned by the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who ruled the Church in Rome from 1397 till 1455. It was important for him to beautify the city of Rome to make it worthy of being known as the capital of the Christian world.Source Today's Outdoor Water Fountains 057862912369871468.jpg Restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a ruined Roman aqueduct which had transported fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the bidding of the Pope. The historical Roman custom of marking the entry point of an aqueduct with an magnificent celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, 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. Adjustments and extensions, included in the restored aqueduct, eventually supplied the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.