Outdoor Public Fountains Recorded by History

As originally conceived, water fountains were crafted to be practical, guiding water from streams or reservoirs to the citizens of cities and settlements, where the water could be utilized for cooking food, washing, and drinking. Gravity was the power source of water fountains up until the end of the 19th century, using the forceful power of water traveling downhill from a spring or brook to push the water through valves or other outlets. Striking and spectacular, prominent water fountains have been built as monuments in nearly all societies. If you saw the first fountains, you probably would not identify them as fountains. A natural stone basin, carved from rock, was the 1st fountain, utilized for containing water for drinking and religious functions. The initial stone basins are believed to be from around 2000 B.C.. The spraying of water appearing from small jets was pressured by gravity, the lone power source builders had in those days. The location of the fountains was determined by the water source, which is why you’ll usually find them along reservoirs, canals, or streams. Fountains with embellished Gods, mythological beasts, and animals began to show up in Rome in about 6 B.C., made from stone and bronze. Water for the communal fountains of Rome was delivered to the city via a elaborate system of water aqueducts.Contemporary Garden Decoration: Garden Fountains Beginnings 14774576666905.jpg

Contemporary Garden Decoration: Garden Fountains and their Beginnings

The incredible architecture of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to enhance your home.

Pure functionality was the original role of fountains. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs nearby. Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their source of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the artist who created it. Roman fountains usually depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of metal 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 intended to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the building of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts entered the city of Rome

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. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Modern-day fountains function mostly as decoration for community spaces, to honor individuals or events, and compliment entertainment and recreational events.Water Fountain Designers History 75800617194.jpg

Water Fountain Designers Through History

Multi-talented individuals, fountain artists from the 16th to the late 18th century typically served as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and cultivated scholars all in one. Leonardo da Vinci as a inspired master, inventor and scientific virtuoso exemplified this Renaissance artist. He methodically annotated his observations in his now much celebrated notebooks about his studies into the forces of nature and the properties and movement of water. Innovative water exhibits loaded with symbolic meaning and natural charm converted private villa settings when early Italian water fountain creators coupled creativity with hydraulic and gardening skill. The humanist Pirro Ligorio provided the vision behind the wonders in Tivoli and was distinguished for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden concepts. For the many properties in the vicinity of Florence, other water feature developers were well versed in humanistic subject areas and classical technical texts, masterminding the extraordinary water marbles, water attributes and water jokes.

A Wall Fountain to Suit Your Design

Having a wall fountain in your garden or on a terrace is excellent when you wish to relax. You can have one made to suit your specifications even if you have a minimum amount of space. Both the stand alone and mounted types must have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. Traditional, modern, classic, and Asian are just a few of the styles from which you can consider.Wall Fountain Suit Design 207025070414862650.jpg

Also referred to as a floor fountain, a stand-alone wall fountain is normally rather big, and its basin is located on the ground.

You can decide to put your wall-mounted fountain on an existing wall or build it into a new wall. A cohesive look can be realized with this type of water feature because it seems to become part of the landscape rather than an added element.