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The Source of Modern Fountains

The translation of hundreds of ancient Greek texts into Latin was commissioned by the learned Pope Nicholas V who ruled the Church in Rome from 1397 until 1455. In order to make Rome worthy of being the capital of the Christian world, the Pope resolved to enhance the beauty of the city. Starting in 1453, the ruined ancient Roman aqueduct known as the Aqua Vergine which had brought fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away, underwent restoration at the behest of the Pope. The ancient Roman tradition of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an imposing celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. At the bidding of the Pope, architect Leon Battista Alberti undertook the construction of a wall fountain in the spot where we now find the Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct he had refurbished included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.Ancient Water Fountain Artists 207025070414862650.jpg

Ancient Water Fountain Artists

Often serving as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and highly educated scholars all in one, from the 16th to the late 18th century, fountain designers were multi-faceted people, During the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci illustrated the creator as an creative master, inventor and scientific expert. With his tremendous curiosity about the forces of nature, he investigated the properties and movement of water and also systematically annotated his observations in his now much celebrated notebooks. Early Italian water fountain builders altered private villa settings into ingenious water displays complete of symbolic meaning and natural elegance by combining imagination with hydraulic and horticultural talent. The humanist Pirro Ligorio provided the vision behind the splendors in Tivoli and was recognized for his skill in archeology, architecture and garden design. Masterminding the extraordinary water marbles, water attributes and water antics for the assorted properties near Florence, other water feature designers were well versed in humanistic subjects as well as ancient scientific texts.

Use a Wall Water Fountain To Help Boost Air Quality

Use Wall Water Fountain Help Boost Air Quality 14774576666905.jpg You can animate your living space by putting in an indoor wall fountain. Your eyes, your ears and your health can be favorably influenced by including this type of indoor feature in your home. Science supports the theory that water fountains are good for you. The negative ions generated by water features are counterbalanced with the positive ions released by modern-day conveniences. Indisputable favorable improvements in mental and physical health occur when negative ions overpower positive ions. The higher serotonin levels arising from these types of features make people more attentive, serene and energized. The negative ions produced by indoor wall fountains promote a better mood as well as get rid of air impurities from your home. Allergies, air-borne pollutants among other annoyances can be done away with by these water features. Lastly, the dust particles and micro-organisms floating in the air inside your house are absorbed by water fountains leading to better overall health.One Cleaning Solution NEVER Use Landscape Fountains 057862912369871468.jpg

The One Cleaning Solution to NEVER Use On Your Landscape Fountains

Water fountains will last a long time with scheduled cleaning and maintenance. It is easy for foreign items to find their way into outdoor fountains, so keeping it clean is essential. Additionally, anywhere light from the sun combines with still water, algae can develop. Blend hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular issue. Another option is to mix bleach into the water, but this action can harm wild animals and so should really be avoided.

No more than 3-4 months should go by without an extensive maintaining of a fountain. Before you can start cleaning it you should empty out all of the water. Then use a soft rag and mild cleanser to scrub the inside. A helpful tip is to use a toothbrush if there are little hard-to-reach spots. Be sure to completely rinse the inside of the fountain to make sure all the soap is gone.

Some organisms and calcium deposits may get inside the pump, so it is advised to take it apart and clean it completely. Letting it soak in vinegar for a few hours first will make it alot easier to clean. If you want to remove build-up in your fountain, use rain water or mineral water rather than tap water, as these don’t contain any elements that might stick to the inside of the pump.

Lastly, make sure your fountain is always full by checking it every day - this will keep it in tip-top shape. Allowing the water to drop below the pump’s intake level, can cause severe damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome!Genesis Outdoor Fountains 057862912369871468.jpg

The Genesis Of Outdoor Fountains

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to supply drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

The central purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. 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. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains operated using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. The main materials used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. To show his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt their positions by adding beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

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. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to enable fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

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